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Alternative home remedies for heartburn and hiatal hernia:

What home remedies you recommend for heartburn and hiatal hernia, I really hate taking medications.

The use of medication like antacids to reduce heartburn is actually not advised since antacids reduce the absorption of nutrients and increase blood pressure. So you need not resort to medication since heartburn is easily treated through the use of herbs and natural remedies. The burning sensation and pain that you get in your stomach and chest and the sour taste in your mouth, caused by heartburn, can easily be cured by using some simple means.

Diet for heartburn:

You must first ensure that your diet prevents heartburn. Do not eat oily and spicy food like fried potatoes, chips or hamburgers. Certain foods are known to cause heartburn, and you must be aware of them.

Some of these are tomato based products like tomato soup and sauces. Caffeine based drinks such as coffee can also give heartburn. Check if these foods disagree with you and if they do, leave them out completely. Avoid alcohol in excessive amounts with your food. Some foods that help prevent heartburn are bananas, apples, cucumber, papaya and yogurt.

Diet for hiatal hernia:

Eat smaller meals at regular intervals and chew your food slowly and deliberately. Gulping your food down is a sure way to invite trouble. Continue sitting a while after the meal and wait at least ten minutes before leaving the table. Eat your dinner three hours before you go to bed. If you go to bed immediately after dinner, the stomach acids leak back into the esophagus easily and cause heartburn.

Home Remedies for Heartburn and Hernia:

If you experience heartburn, there are several remedies you can try. Drink tea which may be flavored with basil, chamomile or ginger, or drink green tea. Sip it slowly. This will help in digestion. Drinking a large glass of water usually helps in the case of a mild attack. The juice of raw potatoes also gives relief. Place unpeeled but thoroughly washed potatoes in the juicer, make the juice and drink it immediately. You may mix it with another juice to camouflage the taste of raw potatoes. A mixture of honey with lemon juice is another effective remedy. If you are experiencing an attack, try swallowing a teaspoon of dark brown sugar immediately. Chewing gum has been known to help as well. Drinking milk to reduce heartburn is no longer advised. It has been shown that milk temporarily reduces the symptoms and later increases the acidity in the stomach.

The symptoms of a heart attack can be similar to heartburn, so you must keep this in mind. If heartburn seems persistent or severe, it is wise to consult a doctor.

Submitted on January 16, 2014