9 Doctor-Approved Home Remedies for Heartburn That Work Wonders

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What do chocolate, pizza, and pasta al pomodoro have in common (other than they’re delicious)? They can cause heartburn. Are you groaning? Because we certainly are.

“Normally, when a person eats or drinks, food and beverage flow down, and the lower part of the esophagus relaxes to allow the passage of the food and beverage into the stomach, then closes back,” explains Maya Feller a registered dietitian nutritionist.

“Heartburn happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) becomes weakened or relaxed without the presence of food or beverage passing. When this happens, the contents of the stomach can flow back into the esophagus, resulting in the burning sensation along with other symptoms,” Feller tells Byrdie.

“As a naturopathic physician, my question is why is the LES remaining open?” asks Ralph Esposito. “This is identifying the cause. There are several reasons, but a few include high acid production, low acid production, damaged sphincter, and poor digestive function.”

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent heartburn like avoiding certain foods, including greasy and fatty foods, or making lifestyle changes like eating smaller meals. If, however, you’re experiencing heartburn, there are also foods you could eat ASAP to relieve discomfort. Ahead, experts share 10 at-home remedies for heartburn including five foods to eat and five modifications that’ll help alleviate heartburn.

Are you prone to heartburn? What’s your go-to at-home remedy? Share with us in the comments below!