Our stomach is lined with tissue that helps to protect it from the acidity of our digestive juices. Our esophagus has no such lining, however, meaning that it can be burned by the juices if it comes into contact with them. The lower esophageal sphincter usually prevents this from happening, but it is not always effective.
When stomach juices are able to escape from the stomach, it can be quite painful. The juices can rise up the esophagus resulting in what we commonly know as heartburn.
Fortunately, there are some natural remedies that can help you overcome the problem and here’s a look at some of the most popular.
Home Remedy #1: Lose Weight
Usually, the lower esophageal sphincter is made stronger by the diaphragm. If you are overweight, however, then the extra belly fat can push the sphincter away from the diaphragm, causing it to lose that natural support. This can, in turn, lead to regular heartburn attacks.
Losing weight can help the diaphragm to support the lower esophageal sphincter again, thus reducing or eliminating heartburn. Of course, this is not something that can be done overnight and it is also something that should be done carefully. Stick at it and you will enjoy many other health benefits in addition to reducing heartburn.