I read an article recently by a gastroenterologist talking about ways to eliminate heartburn that I found to be pretty impressive.
Why? Because it wasn't about acid reducing medications!
As a matter of fact, the author actually discouraged use of them because of all the dangers that keep popping up (like increased risk of heart attack, Alzheimer’s, chronic kidney disease, fractures and more).
Plus she also didn’t regurgitate the same old tired advice--avoid spicy, greasy foods, eat several small meals and sleep propped up on pillows.
But there was one glaring omission from the article...and by leaving that out, many people with heartburn will continue to suffer and may eventually cave in to the purple pill.
Let's look at some of these natural ways to eliminate heartburn, plus the one glaring omission that can make the difference between whether you'll sleep peacefully tonight or feel like Puff the Magic Dragon.
7 Ways to stay heartburn-free
1) Fresh ginger
Fresh ginger root has been used since ancient times as a natural anti-inflammatory and a treatment for digestive conditions.
It can easily be peeled, sliced, diced or grated. You can stir it into barbecue sauces, steep it in a cup of tea, use it in a stir-fry, add some to smoothies or enjoy it thinly shaved with sushi.
2) Licorice root
Licorice root is soothing to the mucous membranes of the GI tract and can promote healing.
However, the glycyrrhizic acid in licorice root can raise your blood pressure and lower potassium levels if you take in too much, so look for deglycerrhized licorice (DGL licorice) supplements in health food stores.
3) Slippery elm bark
Slippery elm bark is another herb which soothes mucous membranes and has been used as a remedy for stomach problems for centuries by European and Native American cultures.
You can brew a tea with slippery elm bark or purchase slippery elm lozenges at health food stores.
4) Quit the butts
Here's yet another addition to the long resume of health disasters caused by smoking. The toxins and chemicals in cigarette smoke encourage overproduction of acid in your stomach.
There are many smoking cessation programs and aides out there--pick the one that's right for you and do it.
Now don't get discouraged if you fall off the wagon! Most ex-smokers report having to try several times before they kicked the habit for good. Just keep trying!
5) Aloe vera
Aloe vera juice is another natural anti-inflammatory that can help soothe inflammation in the stomach or esophagus.
Aloe vera is available at many health food stores and retail merchants.
6) Chiropractic treatment
The nerves along your spinal cord are closely tied with the vagus nerve, which wraps around your digestive organs. So having something awry with your spine can actually affect your digestion.
Many people have gotten tremendous relief from indigestion with chiropractic adjustments.
And now for the one glaring omission from the article I read...
7) Prevent heartburn to begin with through good digestion!
This is the heart and soul of heartburn relief--preventing it to begin with!
When you help your body accomplish digestion easily and completely, heartburn instantly becomes a non-issue.
When your body can efficiently break down all your foods, there is no overproduction of acid that can come gliding up into your throat.
And your stomach contents can stay "where they belong" and move down into to the intestinal tract like they're supposed to, instead of getting burped up.
If that sounds good to you, here are the two simple steps you need to take to make staying free of heartburn a reality for you:
Step 1- Pamper your stomach
When you structure your meals carefully and pair together the right foods so that your stomach and intestines can tackle them easily, your digestion improves DRAMATICALLY.
In other words: No more acid sliding up into your throat and sleeping propped up on pillows!
I will show you exactly what to in the Great Taste No Pain health system.
Follow it and you can see the fires of heartburn dim as quickly as your first meal!
And for those of you who are sensitive to gluten too, Great Taste No Gluten is for you.
Now don't worry -- you'll still be able to eat foods you love. You just need to be a little more careful about what you eat together so everything can be broken down efficiently.
And both systems include loads of delicious, easily digested creations that are sure to become some of your family's favorites.
Talk about a win-win--delicious meals AND no heartburn afterward!
Step 2- Lend a helping hand
Poor digestion and heartburn can also be the result of too FEW digestive enzymes.
You see, after years of eating every kind of food known to man in every meal, you may have diminished your body's ability to produce enough enzymes, because you've used up SO many trying to digest your meals for SO long.
And when your body's done making enzymes, it's DONE.
Plus eating cooked foods of any type inherently uses more of your body's enzymes because the naturally occurring enzymes in the food are reduced or destroyed the more you cook the food...so your body has to do ALL the work.
Digestizol Max digestive enzyme formula can give your body a much-needed boost when you eat meats, dairy, starchy carbs, and any foods that have been cooked.
Digestizol Max is loaded with 15 natural, plant-derived enzymes (so it's even OK for vegetarians) that will give your body a boost in breaking down everything you eat--proteins, starches, carbs and fats alike.
Plus its herbal formula can help soothe a cranky digestive tract.
Are you ready?
There you have them--safe, natural ways to help soothe your GI tract, stop heartburn AND prevent it from happening again.
So, are you ready to say goodbye to heartburn for good?
I hope you are.
Because you can make the dream of a heartburn-free life a reality for you.
To your health,