Heartburn can be very unpleasant. I remember having heart burn, waking up in the middle of the night with a fire in my chest, or I would eat a meal and shortly after – up it came – with that awful acid taste. Other symptoms included indigestion, sluggish bowels and low energy levels. Fortunately, as a young guy I started to wake up to the importance of eating healthy. When I was younger, I ate all sorts of crap and way too much of it. You know what I’m talking about when I say “crap” – grease, foods high in saturated fat, pizza, tv dinners high in sodium, loads of red meat and fries almost everyday with a total aversion to vegetables, unless it was the tomato and lettuce that you get in a fast food burger! What amazes me now, is that I had no idea how bad all that shit was for me at the time!
The good news is that these days, I never get heartburn! I attribute that 100% to what I eat and what I don’t eat. Now I eat loads of vegetables and I think this is probably the most important change. There is rarely a meal that I eat that doesn’t have vegetables in it! If I make something like chicken breast and rice and there is no vegetables in the dish, then I will make a side salad to go with it. The second most important thing is what I don’t eat or what I eat less of. I stay away from artificial sweeteners, most of them are extremely acidic. I eat red meat now and then and if I do, I go for lean cuts. The dairy I eat is the least acidic kind like cottage cheese, low fat yogurt, skimmed cow’s milk and some low fat hard cheese. So, I totally believe that the best home remedy for heartburn is to make dietary changes.
Other things I learned about were how alkaline diets help you……….
So it makes sense to me that if you eat more alkaline foods, acidic conditions like heartburn and GERD will lessen. I am not a strict adherent to the Alkaline Diet and alkaline foods, because I am a little to lazy, but I whole-heartedly recommend it. The good news is that almost every vegetable in existence is alkaline. There are only a few vegetables that are mildy acidic – sweet potatoes and spinach if cooked. Fruits are less clear cut. With some of them being a little acidic and some alkaline in nature. The fruits that are most alkaline forming include, apples, blackberries, mango and papaya and are all great home remedies for heartburn.
Apart from simply eating more vegetables and fruit I also make a lot of fresh juices to drink. Juicing is a great way to get alkaline vegetables and fruits into your diet. I would be very surprised if drinking one alkaline based juice a day plus eating a lot more vegetables won’t reduce if not eliminate your heartburn problems. So here is a list of juicer recipes that can be used as heartburn home remedies.
Wash berries thoroughly, remove stem from apple and juice. Even back when I was suffering with heartburn I found that eating an apple helped a little as a heartburn remedy.
Heartburn Remedies Juice #2 – Alkaline Greens
1 cup of spinach
1 cup of kale
1 cup of parsley
No need to peel the cucumber if it’s organic. Wash the parsley, kale and spinach well. De-stem the apple and juice all the ingredients. Drinking greens is not to everyone’s taste, so adding apple and cucumber helps the juice become a little sweeter and palatable. If you need it sweeter, add more apple.
Heartburn Remedies Juice #3 – More Alkaline Greens
1 cup of broccoli heads
2 stalks of celery (including leaves)
4 large carrots
1″ slice of fresh ginger root (optional)
This juice is very alkaline. The sweetness of carrots help with making green juicer recipes more tasty. Ginger is also very good for acid reflux and digestion.
Heartburn Remedies Juice #4 – Alkaline Heaven
1 cup of spinach
1 stalks of celery (including leaves)
Another super alkaline juice.
Heartburn Remedies Juice #5 – Tropical delight
Remove the skins and any pits from the fruits before juicing. Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which is great for helping with digestion and heartburn.
I hope this helps you with your heartburn, I am sure it will!