My Favorite Natural Heartburn Remedies

Every time I return to Africa, remember how care natural health is here.

I just saw a local herbalist cure a patient of chronic heartburn a tea made from a popular root (more on this shortly).

Heartburn is a common disorder of the stomach caused by overproduction of stomach acid.


In the United States, conventional medicine is likely launching “treatments” of the big pharmaceutical companies which – like the proton-pump inhibitor (IBP), which block the production of stomach acid. It is possible that these better know as Nexium, Prilosec and Prevacid.

But these PPIs have some pretty big disadvantage is unlikely to hear about your doctor.

Studies show that they can:

  • cause diarrhea and pneumonia;
  • trigger vitamin B and calcium deficiencies; i
  • interfere with anticoagulant medications;
  • increases the risk of hip fractures; II
  • increase the risk of heart attack! iii

And while IBP can help relieve heartburn in the short term – not going to solve the problem

. in a minute, I’ll tell you about some great natural remedies for heartburn that are well known here in Africa -. And for patients who come to my clinic

But first, let’s see why conventional medicine PPI “remedies” are not the answer to its acidity.

The core of the problem with them is that it is focused on stomach acid as the cause of heartburn. However, the latest scientific research does not support this at all.

You see, as you age, your body produce stomach acid LESS. Research recently published in the American Journal of Digestive Diseases revealed that 69% of adults older than 80 actually suffering from aclorhidria , a condition characterized by low stomach acid. iv

bloating, belching and flatulence immediately after meals are common symptoms caused by low stomach acid.

If excess stomach acid were really causes heartburn, children suffer more than adults. And that is obviously not the case.

So what is really going on?

Contrary to the claims of conventional medicine stomach acid is not your enemy . We need stomach acid because it helps digest food and absorb nutrients.


stomach acid is also a key part of your immune system. This helps protect against harmful bacteria -. As for H. Pylori, which takes place in an environment of low acidity and is a major cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastritis and can even cause gastric cancer

An overlooked cause of heartburn is his lower esophageal sphincter (LES) . This is a small muscle that opens and closes to allow the passage of food from the esophagus to the stomach.

Normally, when food passes, the LES closes and locks the stomach acid back through the esophagus.

The problem begins when the LES does not close tight. This occurs more frequently as you get older. Even a slight opening can allow stomach acid, bile and food into the esophagus. His upper esophageal sphincter (UES) at the top of your stomach can also let the acid into the esophagus.

While antacids may relieve some of the symptoms, they will do nothing for the underlying problem.

First, there are a number of simple ways to avoid heartburn in the first place. I recommend:

  • Eat smaller meals: This makes it easier digestion and leaves less room for reflux.
  • Avoid tight clothing Our stomachs need space to digest. Tight clothing can put pressure on the stomach, pushing back food security in our esophagus.
  • Take your time: The process of eating is important for digestion. When not chew enough that important steps that lead to heartburn miss.
  • Do not smoke: Smoking irritates the membranes of the throat and esophagus. Nicotine also weakens the esophageal valve, allowing stomach acid to back up.
  • Avoid these foods: Any fatty spicy thing, citrus, or fried foods, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. These foods and drinks are likely to allow stomach acid to splash up into the esophagus.

But sometimes heartburn it is inevitable. So instead of running the risk of unpleasant side effects PPI I recommend natural remedies insurance . Here are my favorites:

Ginger root: This herb is known in many traditional cultures as a “universal remedy”, especially here in Africa. This is one of the ways herbalists and doctors in Uganda treat heartburn. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and speed up the digestive process, preventing the accumulation of gas upward. It also helps regulate bile and gastric juices in your digestive system. The addition of a simple tea to your daily diet can do wonders. also tightens the LES, helping with reflux of stomach acid. vii viii

And here’s one of my favorite recipes ginger tea …


  • remove the skin from a piece of fresh ginger root and cut into small pieces or slices;
  • Fill a small pot with two cups of water and boil;
  • Add ginger and cover. Let simmer for about 10 minutes;
  • try adding a little cinnamon for flavor.


Mint: The active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, and is widely used here in Africa to treat gas and cramps . This herb is also great in tea and has an almost immediate calming effect on your stomach. Patients are also recommended with irritable bowel syndrome. Menthol has an antispasmodic effect on the digestive tract. You can also buy supplements mint. The capsules are available online and in health food stores.


Aloe Vera: This native plant of Africa has potent anti-inflammatory effects. Most people know him as a topical treatment for sunburn and other skin wounds and irritations. But taken as a drink, you can calm your upset stomach, helps food digestion, soothe the esophagus and fight acid reflux. Aloe juice can be found online and in health food stores, but make sure you are getting a pure, organic and no added sugar or aloe juice. I recommend starting with half a cup of aloe juice and work your way up to a cup. Drink every morning on an empty stomach at least for a month or until symptoms disappear. ix

To your good health,


Al Sears, MD, CNS

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vii Lohsiriwat S., M. Rukkiat, Chaikomin R., et al. “Effect of ginger in lower esophageal sphincter pressure.” J Med Assoc Thai. 2010 Mar; 93 (3) :. 366-72
viii Lohsiriwat S., M. Rukkiat, Chaikomin R., et al. “Effect of ginger in lower esophageal sphincter pressure.” J Med Assoc Thai. 2010 Mar; 93 (3) :. 366-72
ix Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, et al. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. . 2004; 19 (7): 739-747

The My favorite Heartburn Remedies first appeared in Dr. Al Sears, MD Anti Aging Pioneer Alternative Health Newsletter .

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