Heartburn is a very common problem that nearly everyone has experienced at some point. That burning pain that starts behind the breastbone and works its way into the throat. Contrary to popular belief, the main culprit that causes heartburn is not too much acid in the stomach, but rather too little. Therefore, taking increasing doses of acid-blocking drugs is not the answer. Instead, hourly caregivers in Wallingford should consider these natural remedies.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the best and least expensive methods to increase natural stomach acid production is to take one to two tablespoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar every day. Mix with a large glass of water to dilute the flavor, or even add a bit of honey to taste.
It has been proven many times over that fermented foods offer a host of digestive health benefits, not the least of which is stimulating stomach acid production. You don’t need anything more exotic than a helping of sauerkraut for this remedy to work.
For immediate relief of heartburn symptoms, very few remedies beat sodium bicarbonate. Mix one-half to one full teaspoon in an eight-ounce glass of cool water to neutralize stomach acid and stave off heartburn pain.
Aloe Vera Juice
This plant is usually thought of as a remedy for external burns and irritation, but it can also ease the symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux. Drink about one-half cup of aloe vera juice before meals. Exercise caution however, as this plant has laxative properties. It is best to look for a blend that has the laxative component removed.
This tree extract has been used in herbal remedies for centuries. There are compounds in it that thicken the mucous lining of the stomach and stimulate nerve endings throughout the gastrointestinal tract. It can be taken as a tea or in capsules depending on your loved one’s preferences.
Living with heartburn can significantly complicate life for seniors, especially when they live with other health concerns. Whether your loved one needs help managing diet to reduce the symptoms of heartburn or requires specialized assistance due to illness, Wallingford Home Care Assistance can help. We are a trusted provider of at-home care that promotes senior longevity and wellbeing by assisting clients with daily living activities around the house. Contact an experienced Care Manager at (203) 444-8575 to learn more and schedule a free consultation today.