12 Heartburn Aids Plus Causes, Symptoms & Prevention Tips

Heartburn or pyrosis is a painful sensation in the esophagus just below the breastbone and is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the arm.

It’s is a major indicator of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); acid reflux is also identified as one of the causes of chronic cough, and sometimes even mimics asthma.

Despite its name, it actually has nothing to do with the heart; it is so called due to a burning “pressure” near to where this vital organ is located – although some cardio problems may give rise to a similar sensation.

Compounding the confusion is the fact that hydrochloric acid from the stomach comes back up the esophagus because of a problem with the cardiac sphincter, a valve which misleadingly contains the word “cardiac,” referring to the cardia as part of the stomach and not, as might be thought, to the heart. Source: Wikipedia.

Home Remedies For Heartburn

Everybody’s different so what works for one perhaps won’t work for another. Once you’ve found a remedy that provides solace–stick with it.

  1. Chamomile Tea: Sip during attacks as well as following eating to prevent it happening in the first place.
  2. Peppermint Tea: Same as above.
  3. Baking Soda & Water: Helps neutralize stomach but should only be used moderately, regular use could dramatically increase a person’s salt intake (baking soda is high in salt). Mix 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp of bicarb per glass of water. Due to the high salt content in bicarb, pregnant women should avoid this treatment.
  4. Ginger: Cook into food, sip Ginger tea or chew a fresh piece for relief.
  5. Celery: Eating a stalk of raw celery can help (excellent choice for pregnant women).
  6. Almonds: Chew on raw almonds until discomfort eases–just a handful will do the trick.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Is there anything ACV can’t tackle? A teaspoon to two tablespoons (whatever is needed) of apple cider vinegar should stop this in its tracks. Another option is to mix apple cider vinegar with honey (2:1 ratio).
  8. Mustard: Take a spoonful (or two if needed) of mustard when discomfort hits…will take a minute or two to bring relief.
  9. Pickle Juice: A couple good sips settles the tummy.
  10. Pineapple: Eat a few pieces of fresh pineapple when it hits or right after meals.
  11. Yogurt: Consuming a couple spoonfuls of yogurt when you feel it coming on can ease things away. If regular occurrences are experienced, try adding yogurt to the diet on a routine basis–it has numerous health benefits (excellent choice for pregnant women).
  12. Lemon Juice: Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to half a glass of water and drink.

Signs & Symptoms To Watch For

  • Burning feeling or sense of pressure inside the chest
  • Burping
  • Bitter or sour taste in the mouth
  • Rising bile in the throat

You may be suffering from acid reflux disease if symptoms are persistent and experienced on a daily basis, consult a doctor.

Triggers & Causes To Avoid

Heartburn can be a symptom of indigestion so paying attention to diet is beneficial. If a certain ingredient is found to be the culprit, abstain from it. Some common triggers to lookout for:


  • Chocolate
  • Coffee & caffeine beverages or items
  • Soda beverages
  • Fried & fatty dishes
  • Spicy dishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions


  • Smoking: The habit oftentimes affects the digestive system and the esophagus. If a heavy to moderate smoker, consider quitting or at least dramatically reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked.
  • Shed Tight Clothing: Wearing tight clothes or belts around the waist can trigger an episode.
  • Snacking Before Bed: Avoid victuals 2 or 3 hours before going to bed or laying down to give the body time to digest the food consumed.
  • Lose Weight: If someone is a few pounds overweight or even obese, losing weight generally helps stop regular occurrences of discomfort.
  • Exercise: Going for a walk after meals will assist the body’s digestive process. If that’s not possible, do so at least once a day after the heaviest meal (typically supper).

Note: These are simply my collection of tips and research notes, not professional medical advice. Treatments are not intended to replace professional medical care.

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    • Barry

    Heartburn Cure: Drink 32 oz of room-temperature water as fast as you can. Works every time for me..

    • E

    I don’t understand how all of those acidic “cures” can help. It’s too much acid to begin with, isn’t it? Pineapple? Fruit *gives* me heartburn.

      • Tessa

      I have the same problem as you with acidic foods causing my heartburn attacks, my husband suffers from it too but he needs the acids from vinegar or lemon juice to settle his heartburn. I use baking soda and water or yogurt myself. I don’t know why there’s a difference for people but there is.

        • Monika

        Some people suffer from lack of stomach acid, some have excessive, hence the difference in how you find relief.

        • Jessie

        About acidic fruits.
        Some citrus, like lemons and grapefruit actually turn alcaline when digested, even though they are acidic at first. So they may help. Haven’t tried it for heartburn, yet. People on alcaline diets eat lots of them.

        Might be useful.

      • TipNut

      As I understand it, people can have heartburn for two different reasons: too much production of acid in the stomach or not enough. That’s why some find relief with the acidic remedies while others won’t.

      • S-man

      Fruits that are high in Acid that can cause Heart burn are the following:
      – Oranges
      – Pineapple
      – Carambola (Star Fruit)
      – Grapefruit
      – Lemons
      – Tamarind (Tropical Fruit)

      Here are Fruits that are very low in Acid that may not bother you much!:
      – Apples
      – Watermelons
      – Apricots
      – Raisins

      Hope these helpful tips can help! πŸ™‚

        • Darlene

        Apples, etc., might be fine to eat, but they won’t help with heartburn.

      • B

      I read that it has something to do with our blood type, so people with different blood types react differently to different acids

    • todd

    I discovered that heartburn for me was totally diet related. I suffered for years, eating Rolaids like candy. Here’s how I got rid of it: I added things to my diet that support digestion and eliminated white flour and sugar (I had already eliminated high fructose corn syrup). In my case, it had nothing to do with spicy or fried/fatty foods, or tomatoes. Additions to my diet included real fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt (plain, or perhaps sweetened with real maple syrup, not the HFCS kind) or kefir. I used to wake up in the night with heartburn, go grab some kraut, and it was gone. Now I’m pretty much “cured,” I don’t have to eat so much fermented food as long as I avoid flour and sugar. I like tart/sour foods, so this was no problem for me. I continue to eat fermented foods because I like them.

      • Darlene

      Todd, naturally fermented garlic dill pickles are also good, and quite yummy!

    • Tessa

    Here’s my tip: I bought two king size pillows for my bed so I can get some height when I lay down. My problem was at night when I would wake up frequently with a sour taste in my mouth and throat from acid reflux. Since I started sleeping with my upper body raised from the large pillows, I sleep much more soundly with little trouble.

      • Stormy

      Better to raise the head of your bed up about 4 inches then ajust your pillows to force you to sleep on your left side, do not eat anything 3 hours before bed time, and use a illimination protocol experiment, by keeping a food diary and stop eating foods that trigger reflux events

        • Darlene

        Stormy is correct — you can buy raisers to put under the head of the bed; another tip is to sleep on your left side — it makes a huge difference.

    • dordes

    I suffer from heartburn and I tried many remedies but 1/2 teaspoon baking soda with water helps.

    • SAT

    Heartburn is a medical condition that can be caused by some very serious medical conditions. Peppermint can actually make the condition worse if you have a hiatal hernia because peppermint causes the sphincter to relax and allow more acid back into the esophagus. The one size fits all approach here is dangerous. If you do not know the cause of your “heartburn” you cannot safely and adequately treat it. A single episode is probably ok to try your home remedies on. But recurring symptoms need to be evaluated. In women you can actually have heart disease, since women present differently than men with this disease. Tessa sounds as if she has a hiatal hernia and I would bet that she is a bit overweight as well. So weight will help. Other people actually have a bacteria that can be quickly treated with antibiotic, and so on. An occasional excess due to diet is different from someone with recurring symptoms. I know that people are having a hard time right now economically. Be careful with home remedies and anecdotal stories when it comes to your health.

      • SAT

      it should say weight loss in the eighth line.

      • BK

      You make a good point that it is important to find out what the underlying issues are and address them. If a hernia is determined to exist, management is critical (I have one). I would like to suggest that initially, however, naturally fermented foods (not pasturised ones from the store) are a better first option to eliminate the pylori bacteria, as they are proven to help re-balance the digestive system bacteria. As antibiotics and medications disrupt the system in other ways, they should only be used if dietary changes to eliminate bad gut flora and increase good gut flora are not effective. Although you don’t reference it, interestingly my own specialist pointed out that surgery is unreliable and should only be used as a last resort because of that. Diet is a huge component in managing hiatal hernia and reflux; todd’s advice is quite excellent, and will also help eliminate excess weight as you suggest.

    • ginger

    My husband has suffered with heart burn for years and even had to have throat cancer surgery due to gerd.It is a very dangerous thing and those who have gerd need to see their doctors to make sure it hasn’t done damage to throat or esauphagus. He was fortunate that his doctor caught it in time and removed a small malignate tumor. He still has gerd and has slept with his head elevated and also he takes apple cider vinegar and also uses “Life Saver peppermint candy and it works very well. So please if you are suffering with heart burn more than once or twice a week see your doctor.

      • al smith

      ginger, I just saw my dr. yesterday. I’ve been taking 3 omeprazoles a day for a few years(prescription, another dr.) This dr. gave me a prescription for Nexium.
      $100.00 for my share after $600 from my insurance co.
      May God bless us all.

    • Francis R.

    Yogurt worked great for my 8 year old son. It was his first time having heartburn. After 2 tsp. of yogurt he said he felt better.

    • Phylly

    Elevating the head of the bed & sleeping on two pillows helped me.
    Also sleep on your left side. Sleeping on right side you may have “silent” heartburn, with no symptoms. It backs up in the throat and esophagus, causing problems later on.

    • Ramona Robertson

    dill weed is good for the digestive system and vinegar for heartburn. dill pickle juice will stop heartburn
    almost instantly

    • David

    I mix a half tablespoon of powdered calcium carbonate (food grade – bought at a health food store), in a 16 oz bottle of drinking water. Calcium carbonate is the same acid reducer in Tums, but without all the sugar and other additives. Plus it doesn’t have any of the sodium like baking soda does. I shake the bottle well and take a couple of swigs of it before going to bed and have been gerd-free for months.

      • Avril.

      Will try that thanks.

    • Melissa

    Thank god I took 3 tums did not work my husband gave me 1 pepcid complete and I feel better already

    • Melissa

    Pregnancy shouldn’t be so painful

    • Linda

    one ginger biscuit then it’s bye bye heartburn for me.

    • Maria B

    When I have heartburn I drink a glass of milk. It soothes my heart burn within a few minutes.

    • Gwen

    Bread really bothers me and anything that is really sweet, a glass of warm milk usually always makes me feel better. I can not drink coffee or anything minty… one cup of tea in the morning and that’s it, somedays I can’t even drink that. I was on Ranitidine, then Rabeprazole and they weren’t working, I’m now on Nexium and it is quite a bit better, still have to be carefull what I eat, and somedays are worse than others.. oh and I am not over weight… I’m underweight if anything. This is definitely not fun at all!

    • hendi

    avoid eggplant’ tomatoes’ all kind of citrus.for me controloc (nycomed) works great

    • Jane B

    I have two more options for relief of heartburn.
    My husband & I have been eating curly parsley before each meal & anytime that the symptoms arise. Works like a charm. If you google parsley you will find out that it is good for alot more than heartburn.
    The other option is mint leaves taken with a sip of carbonated water. We discovered this when a Greek restaurant that we visited did not have any parsley, the chef recommended this. It worked for the time being but no where near as good as parsley.
    cheers to good health.

    • Jon

    Some heartburn triggers for me are: smoking, air pollution from vehicles, soaps, dish detergents, powder laundry detergents, air freshners. Best to avoid these for buy simple and natural ones without all the perfumes/fragrances/chemicals. Chew your food as best you can and eat less since your body isn’t digesting the food right or enough which basically is a form of malnutrition, a waste of food and money. Stress is a common heartburn trigger. Be aware of excessive carbon-dioxide due to the exhaled air in a room, you need some fresh air to reduce this level.

      • Peggy smith

      Jon to me it sounds like u have a little bit of mcs going on as well. Multiple chemical sensitivity. I also have it. It is awful.

    • Natalie

    I am SO surprised that the one remedy that has worked in our family hasn’t been mentioned : PAPAYA ENZYME! This has worked on ANY digestive ailment, including ulcers, gas, bloating, acid reflux, nausea, and heartburn. My mom worked for our local health department for 17 years, and was a natural health advocate. One can find the tablets (which are chewed and taste similar to chewable Vitamin C) at any drugstore or Wally World for under $5. Especially helpful to those on high-protein diets, or people who experience post-surgical/anesthesia related digestive issues. She would always bring a bottle to those in the hospital, saying “I guarantee they’ll need it “. Pop a few either before or after a meal, or whenever you’re feeling off-kilter. It’s even safe for pregnant moms and colicky babies (crush 1/2 tablet and add to spring nursery distilled or filtered water. Shake well.) Works quickly (30 minutes or so) . You might want to be by yourself, as you WILL belch and /or pass gas ALOT. Hope this helps. God Bless.

    • kago kaku

    thnx a lot… πŸ˜€ i will try to follow those tips.

    • Ian c

    Hi all, I suffered for years with heartburn and went from a Zantac a week to 2 omeprozoles a day. Then after a medical at work, the examiner told me to get checked for h pylori stomach bug.
    My doctor told me it was highly unlikely that I had it but after a blood test it was confirmed.
    10yrs of suffering heartburn came to an end after treatment. And lots of other symptoms I had like depression,fatigue,headaches every day and skin problems(face) and swollen stomach all disappeared within a year. The bug can infect us via contaminated water but can be passed on to others via kissing. Consuming ant-acids only masks the problem and prevents proper digestion. I looked like I was pregnant because my tablets were only reducing my bodies natural way to digest food. Not good when your a male and people keep asking when are you due. Lol

    • mystery princess

    well im about 45 pounds overweight. i get this maybe weekly. im on a diet where i loose about 5 pounds a week. anyway. i just had heartburn and this method tastes awful. but works. 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and an 8oz glass of water works. it tastes like bland salt and tap water. it works instantly. i had a gass stomace ake, then took tums which created heart burn. i feel great now tho. so baking soda and water. also you can put it in a smaller glass if you cant drink 8oz at a time! it will taste more strong tho. same with bigger glasses but weaker taste. you cant taste it at all with a 20oz glass. hope this helps

    • Not important

    Yeah, I’ve just had Gaviscon antacids, not working, but walking in circles around the kitchen while groaning in pain? Sure, that seemed to have worked after an hour. Thanks body, after all that I get half an hour of sleep before work if I’m lucky.

    Next time, I’ll avoid scoffing at the Chinese buffet.
    I say it every time :/

      • pea

      Try eating a pot of parsley every day, just snacking on sprigs throughout day is good for keeping the acid away. This has really worked for me πŸ™‚

    • Gary McGill

    I heard about using celery, and doing things naturally has always appealed to me.
    I tried celery, and it worked instantly.
    I think I figured out why, as well. When I first heard of this, it totally made sense to me.
    The vascular system inside the celery is so profound that because of its very nature, absorbs the gastric juices. It works like a sponge via vascular suction, which can be demonstrated using the old Italian cumumber trick by slicing off the end of the cuke and rubbing the end to pull OUT any bitterness via the vascular bundles. In under a minute there is all the white froth that causes the bitterness.

    Ergo, the celery that you cut and stand up in water in the fridge is kept fresher because of the vascular bundles holding the water, unlike any other vegetable.
    When you chew the celery, there is some displacement of the vascular contents, and in spite of all the vascular truncation from chewing, that would be part of the residual effect of why celery works better than literally everything I’ve tried in my life for this situation.

    I would try celery if you haven’t.
    What do you have to lose? It’s just celery.

    For the coffee drinkers, I have heard that a chemical in coffee relaxes the esophageal sphincter and leaves it open for all stomach acid to come back up causing scarring. If this is the case, a drink choice modification is in order.
    (easy for me to say, I know.)

    • Joy

    i had the same problem with h. pylori for 12 years, at least. My symptom was throat infections with high fever. AWFUL! The doctors had told me it was from allergies causing sinus infections. Finally, I realized it was always after a bout with indigestion and laying flat, but I have silent indigestion so it was hard to figure out. Walk in clinics can now run a simple breath test to determine if you have it. If you have it, and don’t treat it, you have a higher chance of developing esophageal cancer. So, check it out.

    • Jason

    None of those really work in my experience. The one thing that will guaranteed stop heartburn EVERY time is by eating a piece (it only needs to be a small one) of red delicious apple. It completely neutralizes the acid….I have suffered from this for years and this always helps!

    • Robert Severs

    I have been plagued all my life with heart burn and had over the counter tablets, etc. constantly in my pockets. There have been all types of articles on what foods to eat in avoiding the problem but this allows little restrictions.
    What I have found that the simple correction is to drink no beverages during your eating times throughout the day. In the basics of digestion we start with the mouth and mastication which stimulates the saliva and is the first step in digestion. Most all people have a beverage during eating with food in your mouth and find that minimal chewing is stopped short when your food is washed down with a beverage, even water and the saliva is short-stopped in the process.
    I have found if I take time in the chewing process during a meal and allow the saliva to do its work that heart burn does not occur. Fill your daily quota of water or beverage between meals and consume none during any meal.
    Take it from me, it works, as I have suffered much over my 83 years and now I can eat most anything.

    • sue

    Pineapple and a lemon aid type drink works for me… regular pizza and most tomato sauce (spaghetti sauce purchased out) cause my heart burn. Therefor I make my own sauce and I rarely get heart burn from it. Also I have white pizza instead. Tastes better and I rarely have a problem. Midnight snacks are still an issue with me due to my work schedule. So I keep a bottle of mint myLanta in the refrigerator just in case.

    • Tom

    Tried the apple cider vinegar cos my dear old mum raves about it too. Within 30 seconds I was vomiting horrifically! DO NOT use this method

    • pat

    The vinegar mustard pine juice etc. Are acidic but they are also triggers for your saliva glands which produce the needed enzymes to equalize your stomach acid. Trust that small amounts of apple cider vinegar is just the right taste to activate saliva and quickly remedy the emergency

    • Joe

    I have tried all but found a spoon full of mustard and a half of glass of water has worked and never returned take it daily enjoying foods again.

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