When I was 14 I visited the doctor complaining of heartburn and nausea. I hadn’t yet tried any natural cures for heartburn, but when prescribed a bottle of Gaviscon I felt disappointed that no further questions were asked. 14 year olds aren’t supposed to get heartburn, are they?

Anyway, 8 years on, I’ve never stopped having these symptoms but I’ve finally discovered the cause. With another bout of nausea and a fresh dose of frustration I visited a different doctor from my usual one, who suggested I could have a stomach infection (from a bacteria that 50% of the population have, but only 1 in 9 carriers have symptoms). Blood tests for H. Pylori came back positive and I soon learned that this was the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, with the main symptom heartburn. Instead of pursuing natural heartburn cures I thought it was best to follow medical advice and take the incredibly harsh antibiotics I was prescribed (1 clarithromycin twice a day, 2 amoxycillin twice a day and 1 omeprazole twice a day). Four days in and I was sleeping 2 hours a night with horrific heartburn and constant, severe nausea. I gave up on them.

Helicobacter Pylori: A strain of bacteria that can damage tissues and cause stomach ulcers

Helicobacter Pylori: A strain of bacteria that can damage tissues and cause stomach ulcers

A return visit to the doctor was surprising. I suggested I took some alternative treatments for H.Pylori along with natural cures for heartburn and nausea and she agreed, suggesting peppermint tea. So far I’ve found this to be really good, not only for the heartburn but for nausea too. Through trial and error I’ve discovered sucking boiled sweets is a good heartburn natural cure for me, along with eating something bland like porridge oats or an apple and improving my posture whilst working. I’m hoping that the mastic gum tablets I’m about to start taking (to kill the H.Pylori virus) will act as a good natural heartburn cure. I still suffer from heartburn on occasion, especially when I eat too much fried food, but on the whole it’s getting much better.