HEARTBURN

ESSENTIAL OILS

Ginger. Blocks the production of acid and helps prevent ulcers.

Peppermint. Relaxes the muscles, allowing painful digestive gas to pass.

Fennel. Balances the pH level within the body, especially within the stomach.

Lemon. Helps temporarily excrete digestive acids.

Research
A 2015 study reported that ginger essential oil treatment inhibited ulcers in laboratory animals by 85 percent, suggesting the promising gastro-protective activity of ginger.

Home Remedy
Heartburn Quick Fix. Add 1 drop each of peppermint and lemon essential oils to a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus a spoonful of honey for a soothing way to combat digestive issues.

Background
Heartburn is a form of indigestion caused by acid regurgitation into the esophagus. Often considered a symptom of acid reflux, the most common times to experience heartburn occur in the evening after a heavy meal, during movement such as bending or lifting or when lying down. Symptoms include burning or pain in the chest, stomachaches after eating, a bitter taste in the mouth, belching and nausea. Roughly 20 percent of American adults endure painful heartburn on a weekly basis—and yet many are unaware of simple and natural remedies that work quickly to correct the underlying digestive problem, as diet and lifestyle habits are the biggest contributors to heartburn.

Suggested Supplements

» Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Naturally acidic; lowers the pH in your stomach. Take 1 tablespoon before meals.

» HCL with Pepsin. Increases the level of acid in the stomach necessary for proper digestion. (Only take with meals that contain protein; do NOT use if you take corticosteroids or anti- inflammatory medications such as NSAIDs.)

» Digestive Enzymes. Help break down hard-to-digest starches and proteins.