As we all know heartburn is a royal pain. In fact, in some cases it can be right up there with a case of bad gas. You know nothing is more embarrassing than a really bad stomach that’s really just a bad case of gas, but that’s another story. So I’ve been on the receiving end of heartburn. It’s wasn’t pleasant. It was like taking one of those really huge pills that gets stuck in your esophagus and no amount of water will get rid of it.
Personally, I don’t like taking medication for something that is usually diet related. I usually eat really well, but everybody has there nice little spurts of “I’m gong to eat donuts for the next month”. So what had happened was, I was in college and busy. I wanted something quick, easy, and easily portable. My frozen meal of choice was ravioli. There are many different variations of ravioli. However, many sold on the market contain red sauce. Mistake #1. I was used to homemade red sauce with fresh tomatoes, and in all honesty I didn’t realize how acidic red sauce can be. It had been a part of my diet regularly growing up. Mistake #2. I wasn’t consuming enough calcium. Fun fact here, I’m slightly lactose intolerant. I actually have to be careful of how much dairy I intake in a day. Instead of over doing the dairy, I could live off of ice cream, I started eating foods like Kale and other leafy greens. Yay no gas! Next, mistake #3. Not having enough vitamin D in my system to break the calcium. Yea I quickly fixed that or I should say my mother quickly fixed that. Balance is key. So let give your guys the natural solutions I’ve come across.
Solution #1: Start from Scratch
Eliminate high acid processed foods from you diet. Go back to good ole made from scratch recipes. Pack your lunch. Exercise your cooking skills. Just keep in mind you’ll need to exercise your dish washing skills while you’re at. Good luck.
Solution #2: Peppermint and Chamomile Tea
Pour hot water into a cup or pot with some loose leaf peppermint and chamomile. Let it steep for 10 minutes. Then strain the loose herbs out and add some honey to it. Drink it hot or cooled. Honey has strong soothing properties while peppermint has cooling properties. Add chamomile to the mix with it’s anti-flammatory properties, and it does help.
Solution #3: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, and Fresh Ginger
The champion has returned. If there universal bandaid, it’s Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Pour hot water into a cup or pot with freshly chopped ginger root. It doesn’t matter how you slice it. Let it steep for 15 minutes and then strain the ginger root out. Add enough honey to it to make it sweet enough for your taste. Then add 3 tbsp of ACV. Mix and drink. By the way, this is an over time remedy. It will help soothe and eventually eliminate heartburn.
Solution #4: If All Else Fails
Go see your doctor. I advocate trying Solution #1 first, but everyone has different needs and levels of urgency. I’m not a big fan of medication unless it’s necessary. In the case of regular heartburn, not chronic heartburn, it’s 100% preventable and avoidable. However, if nothing works for you take a trip to your doctor to make sure it’s not a serious medical issue.
Well that’s all folks! For more details on the herbs we mentioned, check out our herb library under Ingredients. Comment, share, and like this post. Tschus!