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Sharon asks…

What’s your remedy for pregnancy heartburn?

I have terrible heartburn and with my last pregnancy, I took lots of Tums which my doc said was ok, but I was wondering what natural remedies work just as good. Thanks!

Oh-it’s not just spicy foods I have to avoid-I get heartburn from even drinking water!! It’s everything that causes it~

answers:

OMG! I know exactly what you mean. Even if I dont eat something (when I went for a glucose test) I get heartburn. I have been drinking milk and that helps tons. And, peppermints also help. I keep those soft ones at my desk and suck on those. But, like you said water even brings it on too. So, I hope these help you. Good luck!

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Lisa asks…

What are some natural remedies for heartburn and indigestion?

I’m 29 weeks and have THE worst heartburn ever. I have never had it so bad in my life!

Last night I didn’t get any sleep until 7 in the morning,after I puked. I still had heartburn even after that but I somehow managed to find relief enough to get to bed.

I have Tums,which help but they only help with the heartburn. I have really bad indigestion as well and it seems impossible to get rid of. The only way I can even begin to get relief is if I sit up and burp about 20 times. As soon as my head hits the pillow I have it again.

What are some natural ways to get rid of it? My doctor gave me Zantac but it dosn’t help me so I no longer take it.

Thanks

answers:

Glass full of water with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. This recipe will make you burp a lot – BUT IT WORKS (FROM EXPERIENCE).

Another home remedy: Avoid heartburn: before meals, mix the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of sat into an 8 ounce glass of water & drink. After meals, try a teaspoon of honey to soothe your heartburn. I HAVE NOT TRIED IT YET BUT I WILL!

I forever suffer with heartburn!

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Mark asks…

What natural remedies/foods are good for heartburn?

I’ve got tums but they make me feel sick.

answers:

If you look at the ingredients of indigestion tablets, you are mainly eating small amounts of calcium and magnesium along with some glucose. The purpose of this is to make the acid minerals you eat (mainly phosphorus), bind and get removed from your system. It is the phosphorus in what you eat that causes the heartburn (assuming you do not have any problems with your kidneys or liver).

Milk is high in calcium, but it is also high in phosphorus. It is not an ideal remedy, and if you are lactose intolerant it may actually cause heartburn.

I find oatcakes are good for settling a mild acid indigestion. Cheese is high in calcium, and to some extent it might be better than milk because of its lack of lactose. So oatcakes and cheese, along with some magnesium.

Strangely, molasses is very high in magnesium and calcium whilst being very low in phosphorus. This suggests, that a spoon of molasses in a hot cup of freshly squeezed orange might do the trick.

Banana is another good source of magnesium relative to phosphorus.

All the natural sources of these minerals, are probably not sufficient in quantity to match the boost you get from an indigestion tablet. However, for mild indigestion or for prevention purposes these foods are useful!

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