When heartburn hits, you just want a quick fix and can often feel desperate. Heartburn cures come in all different shapes and sizes, for all different causes of the condition and for all different types of people. No one stomach is the same as another, so you need to find out which heartburn cures work for you. Here are some to try out when you’re in pain and feeling impatient:

Chewing Gum

A dry oesophagus is one of the main culprits of heartburn. Our bodies usually naturally produce saliva to protect the oesophageal lining from acid erosion, when acid comes back through the oesophageal sphincter. Chewing a piece of gum actually stimulates your saliva glands, because your brain interprets the tastes and movements as eating. As a result you’ll have a coating of saliva that protects against excess acid. Try fruit flavoured gum, rather than the strongest gums designed to clear your sinuses as these have very strong flavourings that can actually make the problem worse. It’s one of the easiest heartburn cures; just open a packet and get chewing.


Water

Perhaps a given, and one of the heartburn cures that people will complain simply doesn’t work because they’re hydrated enough already. Yet a lot of people aren’t quite aware of how dehydrated they actually are. Each day, an adult should drink (around) 2.5 litres of water. That’s one and a quarter of the big 2l bottles of fizzy drink, but if you’re not hitting that mark don’t just gulp down a pint all in one. Making sure you drink little and often (having a small bottle of water or half pint glass full with you at all time is a good idea) will keep your stomach acid relatively diluted, but not to the point where it won’t digest your food. Drinking water will also flush out toxins that could be drying out your oesophagus or causing your stomach muscles and sphincters behaving abnormally.

Last but not least of the simplest heartburn cures is…


Ginger

This wonder-root can act as a very quick natural remedy for heartburn. Whether you buy ginger teabags, drink ginger juice mixed with water, suck on a ginger boiled sweet or nibble some stem ginger each one calms down the muscles within the stomach. In turn, this reduces the likelihood that acid will be forced back up into the oesophagus and your food can continue digesting uninterrupted. If you suffer heartburn and nausea combined then ginger is ideal.

While these heartburn cures might be too simple for some, hopefully they’ll have jogged the memory of others who have forgotten to give them a go every once in a while. Remember that heartburn is caused by lots of different things and the cause of heartburn one day may differ from the next.