Natural Remedies For Heartburn - A Holistic Approach Part 1

by Lloyd Morgan - Date: 2007-04-07 - Word Count: 415 Share This!

Holistic means whole. It involves treating the entire organism not just the affected area or worse, just the symptoms. Any really effective natural remedy for heartburn has to address the whole body and not just the affected area. For heartburn and it's cause, acid reflux, the affected area is the esophagus. This area has to be treated first, starting with the painful symptoms of heartburn. But unlike the regular allopathic approach, holistic treatments go on to work on the entire digestive system as this is intimately linked to acid reflux and heartburn. Finally, to be truly holistic, the whole body must be addressed including the mind and emotions. In this article we'll look at the first step of treating the affected area when pain strikes.

When heartburn strikes, the natural reaction is to take an antacid. This should be the home remedy of last resort. Stomach acids have an important role to play in digestion and interfering with this is not wise. And very often the cause of heartburn is too little, no too much acid.

So try these alternative remedies first. Not only do they treat the symptoms but they have beneficial effects on overall health too.

The first is to munch on some unsalted raw almonds (sweet not bitter). Sweet, oily and rich in calcium, almonds work on many levels to relieve heartburn. Almonds are also rich in anti-oxidants which help heal affected areas.

Another natural way is to drink the juice of such vegetables as carrots, cucumbers, radishes or beet root. Vegetables are highly alkaline and work wonders on an acid stomach. They are also teeming with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals to boost the overall health of the body.

Finally when heartburn strikes you should reach for the aloe vera. This coats and heals the digestive tract. Take two cups of aloe vera juice containing 98% aloe vera three times daily between meals. Aloe vera is a nutritional power house which is antiviral, antibacterial, and anti fungal. Plus, it boosts the immune system.

Remember that these natural remedies for heartburn work best in an overall lifestyle program involving eating habits, body weight and many other factors.

So don't automatically reach for the antacids the next time heartburn rears its ugly head. Try some of nature's remedies first. And remember that treating the symptoms is the just the first step. Until the whole body is well and balanced, the problem of heartburn is likely to return.

In Part 2 we'll look at holistic ways to treat the whole digestive system.

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