Ever overeaten and experienced a burning sensation or slight pressure in your chest region? You may have been suffering from heartburn or indigestion, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD.

 

It means that the acids typically present in your stomach might have “washed up” or found its way into your esophagus, causing irritation. If you’ve experienced this issue, there’s a little bit of good news for you. It’s possible for you to naturally support healthy digestion, preventing or reducing occasional indigestion or heartburn.

Here are eight great remedies for indigestion or heartburn to try.

Stop overeating

When you consume more food than your stomach can handle, increased pressure is mounted on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that keeps the gut separated from the esophagus.

And when this sphincter is unable to carry out its job of remaining closed after food items or beverages have passed through it, indigestion or heartburn could occur.

Individuals that experience indigestion pains might want to consider eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of fewer large meals.

Always ensure to eat dinner (last meal of the day) at least 4 hours before lying down to sleep

Whenever you consume large and heavy meals and immediately go to bed, the LES might open and allow the abdominal contents to reflux upward.
Ensuring that you don’t overfill your stomach before sleeping or lying down could make a huge difference.

Don’t drink lots of fluid before sleeping

Fluids/liquids could also overfill the stomach and apply pressure on the LES, especially if you’re already experiencing reflux symptoms. Try drinking most of your juices in the earlier part of the day.

Abstain from drinking a lot of fluids with meals

There might be some medical soundness to this practice, seeing as drinking lots of fluids during mealtimes will increase the volume of gut contents. And this practice could potentially put increased pressure on the LES and lead to heartburn. Also, drinking large quantities of fluids could help in diluting stomach acids, which then result in a less effective food breakdown by the diluted acids.

Reduce the stress on your stomach by eating high-quality foods

Note that fried, fatty, and greasy foods generally cause food to stay in your stomach for more extended periods, which could aggravate symptoms of heartburn. They can also make you feel nauseous, constipated, or bloated.

 

Even though some fats are good, you need to ensure that even healthy ones like coconut oil, flaxseed, or olive oil are consumed in considerations.

Side note: Flaxseed oil should be used moderately. Ensure that you don’t cook with flax oil, although you can use it only in salad dressings or already cooked food.

Improvement your well-being with a healthy meal plan

Always try to consume the right amounts of foods to promote health in not only the stomach but the entire body. Some foods to consider include; salads, nuts, beans, steamed greens, lean meats, complex

Avoid foods that promote heart-burning

If you’re one of those people who experience the disease frequently, you could always avoid ingesting acidic fruits like tomatoes, citrus, vinegar. So it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether.

Avoid foods that promote heart-burning

If you’re one of those people who experience the disease frequently, you could always avoid ingesting acidic fruits like tomatoes, citrus, vinegar. So it’s best to avoid alcohol altogether.

Realizing that stress could aggravate your heartburn

Research has shown that unmitigated stress has a way of significantly contributing to heartburn. Make a point of following the suggested steps here if you’re always prone to heartburn caused by stress.

 

By following these steps, shifting some simple things in your life, and making healthier choices, you can combat heartburn and have much more robust and more optimally functioning digestion. The bottom line is that you can prevent or reduce the symptoms of indigestion – while you’re taking other steps to decompress from stressful events in your life.