If you have ever experienced the painful burning and discomfort of acid indigestion, you know how important it is to get quick relief.
Among the best natural antacid choices, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Lose weight and maintain a healthy weight.
- Do not overindulge in fatty, rich foods.
- Avoid foods that trigger heartburn for you, such as fried foods, chocolate, or citrus.
- Alcohol, caffeine, and carbonated drinks cause heartburn in some people.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Do not go to bed or lie down within three hours after eating.
- Stop smoking because nicotine can trigger heartburn.
- Prop up your head with an extra pillow at night.
Most people have an occasional bout of heartburn. If you have persistent acid indigestion or other related health concerns, you should talk to your healthcare provider.
What Is Acid Indigestion or Heartburn
Heartburn or acid indigestion happens when acids from your stomach flow back up onto your esophagus. This is called acid reflux.
The symptoms of acid reflux include:
- Uncomfortable, burning sensation behind your breastbone that is worse when lying down or bending forward
- Unpleasant bitter or sour taste
- Feeling bloated and even slightly nauseated
Persistent or frequent heartburn can increase your risk for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to the Mayo Clinic. Common symptoms of GERD include frequent heartburn, chest pain, coughing, wheezing, and regurgitation—mainly at night.
Some Foods May Help Prevent Heartburn
You may shy away from spicy meals and other foods that trigger painful heartburn. However, there are other foods that may help prevent acid indigestion.
According to an article from the American Association of Retired Persons, some heartburn sufferers find relief when they add these five foods to their daily diet:
- Bananas are low in acid and high in fiber, which can help prevent acid indigestion and keep stomach contents moving.
- Melons such as honeydew and cantaloupe are high in magnesium, an ingredient found in many heartburn medications.
- Oatmeal is rich in fiber that strengthens your digestive system and makes you feel full longer, reducing the risk of overeating and triggering heartburn.
- Yogurt is soothing on an irritated esophagus and is a source of good bacteria that keeps your gut healthy.
- Green vegetables especially kale, spinach, asparagus, and brussels sprouts are good counterpoints for acid, plus they help keep you regular.
Making these simple dietary changes can help reduce how often you get heartburn as these are considered some of the best natural antacids.
Lifestyle Changes May Reduce Heartburn Risk
The Mayo Clinic recommends simple lifestyle improvements that can reduce stress and with it, the chance of getting heartburn:
- Keep a food diary to see which foods trigger heartburn.
- Exercise daily (check with your doctor first).
- Meditate or use deep breathing exercises to relax your muscles and reduce tension in your body.
Why Seek a Natural Antacid for Heartburn Relief
You have probably read in the news about people who are suing because they allegedly developed cancer after using Zantac on a regular basis. Zantac is the brand name for ranitidine medication that relieves heartburn pain by reducing stomach acid.
Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a mandatory recall of Zantac and ranitidine after an independent study revealed high levels of a dangerous chemical. The chemical is called N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, and is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a carcinogen (causes cancer).
The FDA allowed an exceedingly small amount of NDMA in Zantac. However, the study conducted by a startup pharmaceutical company showed that over time and at warmer temperatures, the amount of NDMA increased dramatically.
Zantac Lawsuits as Former Users Develop Cancer
Some pharmaceutical companies and distributors have been sued by people who allege that they developed cancer due to the high levels of NDMA in Zantac. To date, 141 lawsuits have been filed, according to an article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
In their lawsuits, the plaintiffs allege that:
- Zantac manufacturers and distributors knowingly allowed their products to be sold even though they contained a carcinogen.
- These manufacturers and distributors did not warn the public of the possible danger of using drugs with a known carcinogen.
The FDA suggested that people who used over the counter Zantac should switch to medicine that does not contain NDMA.
Help for Zantac Users with a Cancer Diagnosis
If you or a loved one used Zantac regularly and were diagnosed with cancer, you could be entitled to compensation. Call the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today for a free consultation with a member of our team: (800) 794-0444.