• Brigitte Maenhout

Ridiculously easy Health Hacks I used to fight heartburn

A lot of us suffer from heartburn or acid reflux. I was one of them and I still have to watch what I eat and when and how I eat. But it has improved tremendously! So I wanted to share my experience with you because as always, you find a lot of contradicting info on the internet, which makes sense, because we aren't all the same, but I found great relief in reading what others tried and how it helped them.

My acid reflux prevented me from going to sleep and woke me up, usually at 2:00 AM and it was so bad that there was no way I was going to be able to stay in bed. us from going to sleep or wakes us up in the middle of the night, it was pretty bad at . It used to give me a really bitter taste in my mouth too.

I went down the traditional road, but I am not a fan of chemical medication and the huge list of side effects it comes with so I do always prefer to find other ways. After all, usually there will be 2 main triggers to heartburn: the wrong food and stress. But there could be more severe underlying health conditions, so make sure you get it checked out.

Easy health hacks for heartburn

Identify the heartburn triggers by keeping a food journal

I already knew which foods were potentially inflammatory from reading books like the medical medium and the autoimmune solution, which in a way made it easier to monitor and identify my food triggers. For me, tomatoes, chick peas and potatoes and gluten of course were a big no-no. But (except for the gluten) I still eat those foods in moderation, I just make sure I eat them early enough in the day and have a peppermint tea after to soothe my stomach.

It's worth keeping a food journal, nothing fancy, it can even be a few sticky notes you put on your fridge with what you ate, you'll soon see the patterns emerge.

Mango and Pineapple smoothie

Some of you might be surprised to see Mango and Pineapple listed here as they are both seen as quite acidic foods. However, this was recommended to me by a naturopath in Holland and I've been having a Mango and Pineapple smoothie for breakfast ever since. I sometimes add spinach, beetroot and linseed to add to the anti-oxidant power or I might add some grapeseed oil or coconut oil to prevent me from getting hungry a few hours later.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea has been my first savior. This was the first thing I tried out to help relieve the heartburn and it's made a big difference. When I had heartburn in the middle of the night, I would go downstairs, make myself a cup of peppermint tea and half an hour later, it would really soothe my stomach, so I could go back to sleep. But now I have peppermint tea or detox tea throughout the day, also helps to keep the stress levels down and creates some 'me' time.

Walk in nature

Everyone knows regular exercise is good for you, it's no different in this case, but what worked for me is combining it with fresh air. I've never been a gym junkie, I just don't like being cooped up in a stuffy gym. When I get my exercise outside, in a forest or along the sea side, it does wonders for my stress levels and I get exercise and proper oxygen at the same time. Win-win!

Sleep hypnosis

My husband and I both use sleep hypnosis now to help us switch off from the day and drift of to sleep easier. It really helps! It just takes some time to find the one what works for you and sometimes they will work for a little while and then you find that you need a change. Just google sleep hypnosis on Youtube and you'll find lots of channels.

Binaural Beats

Binaural beats or isochronic tones or healing frequencies, I've tried them all. Some work, some don't. Some worked for me and not for others and vice versa. II figured, what have I got to lose? Nothing right, I only have to gain :) . Having had my fair share of health conditions, I've learned a long time ago to be open minded and learn to truly understand how my body works and what works for me.

Raise your bed slightly

This was a tip that my dad came up with. He has had issues with heartburn in the past and he noticed that if he raised his bed slightly at the top end (head) he would suffer less. So, not always and easy tip to implement from a practical point of view, but worth trying out!





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