If your stomach feels like it's burning and on fire, this article will guide you through some natural remedies that will get you feeling yourself, again.
Apart from the burning sensation, you may also feel discomfort in the upper abdomen or lower chest, bloating, gas, belching, early feeling of fullness when eating, and nausea.
Too much acid in the stomach contributes to a burning feeling, which can happen for several reasons.
Some common causes are gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), food allergies or intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, celiac disease and a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infection.
Other notable causes of a burning sensation in the stomach include side effects of medications or drugs, emotional stress, alcohol abuse, smoking, obesity, overuse of antibiotics, drinking chlorinated water and a poor diet.
Given the numerous and diverse causes of a burning sensation in the stomach, it is important to find out the exact cause before starting a treatment plan. For a proper diagnosis, you should consult your doctor.
To get relief from the problem, try some simple home remedies.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy if you are experiencing a burning sensation in the abdomen. Though acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect that helps balance the acid level in the stomach.
This, in turn, makes digesting food easier and prevents the formation of excess stomach acid, which often causes this painful problem. It also helps restore the proper pH in the stomach.
- Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water.
- Add a little honey (optional) and mix thoroughly.
- Drink it once or twice a day. You can also drink it before meals.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is another good remedy to treat digestive problems, such as a burning sensation in the stomach. It works as a natural antacid to neutralize the acid in your stomach, thus providing instant relief.
- Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Stir until it dissolves completely.
- Add a little honey or lemon for taste if you want, and drink it immediately.
- Use this remedy 2 or 3 times a day (1 to 2 hours after having meals or other medications).
Note: Do not take baking soda on a full stomach, and do not use this remedy for more than 1 week.
Probiotics can ease the burning sensation, pain and uncomfortable feeling associated with acidity and digestive system problems. Probiotics are “good” bacteria that boost your intestinal and overall digestive health.
In fact, eating probiotic foods helps restore the natural balance of your gut bacteria and prevent acids from forming in the stomach.
- Boost your intake of probiotics by eating yogurt, certain types of milk, soy products, kefir (similar to yogurt), sauerkraut, dark chocolate, miso soup, kimchi and kombucha tea.
- Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements, which you can take after consulting your doctor.
4. Pickle Juice
As pickle juice is rich in vinegar, it works much like apple cider vinegar to reduce acid formation in the stomach. Naturally, fermented sour pickle juice is a good source of dairy-free probiotics and is less likely to cause any side effects.
Moreover, pickle juice is more palatable and many people prefer its taste over vinegar.
When suffering from acidity, have a few sips or teaspoons of pickle juice after eating your meal. You can even have the pickle along with the juice.
Ginger is good for your overall digestion system and helps treat a number of stomach problems – from acid reflux to ulcers.
It aids better absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients to ensure proper digestion. Also, it promotes mucus secretion in the stomach and reduces the effect of the acid on your stomach. In fact, ginger neutralizes stomach acids.
- Add 1 teaspoon of freshly chopped ginger root to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain, add honey and sip the tea slowly. Drink it 2 or 3 times a day for about a week.
- Alternatively, consume a ½ tablespoon of ginger juice mixed with a little honey before eating a meal, 2 times daily for a week.
- You can even chew a small piece of fresh ginger root to fight acidity.
Note: Ginger may interfere with blood-thinning and high blood pressure medications. Consult your doctor before using ginger remedies if you take such medications.
Chamomile is another excellent natural remedy, due to its acid-neutralizing effect. It helps reduce inflammation in the stomach and neutralize acidity levels. Plus, it can reduce the risk of ulcers.
In addition, it helps relieve stress, which can trigger acid reflux.
- Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to 1 cup of hot water. Cover and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain and add some honey. Drink this tea 3 or 4 times a day.
- Chamomile is also available as a dietary supplement, which you can take after consulting your doctor.
Do not boil this herb, as its active compounds will be destroyed.