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19 Natural Remedies for Heartburn 

1. Chew gum to stimulate saliva, a natural acid buffer.

2. Drink Kukicha Japanese tea (three or more cups a day).

3. Take papaya digestive enzymes (chewable, available at health food stores).

4. Massage the webbed area between the thumb and forefinger to restore balance to the stomach.

5. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL ) is available in chewable tablets or capsules you can dissolve in water. Do not use if you have hypertension.

6. Drink 1/4 cup of aloe vera juice before a meal (use only juice preparations specifically for internal use). Pregnant women should not take this remedy.

7. Suck on slippery elm (ulmus rubra muhl) lozenges.

8. Drink tea made with 1 tablespoon dried marshmallow root to 8 ounces of boiling water (up to three cups a day).

9. Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda, a natural antacid, in 8 ounces of water and drink.

10. Eat fresh or dried bananas.

11. Drink chamomile tea.

12. Apple cider vinegar can be taken in tablet, capsule or liquid form (1 teaspoon diluted in half a glass of water).

13. Add fresh ginger to food while cooking, eat it raw or drink as a tea.

14. Add turmeric to foods or take in capsule form before meals.

15. Take a dietary supplement that contains melatonin, l-tryptophan, vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid

16. Eat your last meal at least two hours before lying down.

17. Elevate your head while you sleep.

18. Eat smaller, more frequent meals and chew slowly.

19. Quit smoking (nicotine weakens the sphincter in the lower esophagus that keeps acid in the stomach).

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