3. Drink a baking soda cocktail. Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, has a high pH level and is therefore effective in neutralizing stomach acid and preventing heartburn. Everyday Roots recommends mixing a teaspoon of baking soda in a full 8 oz. glass of water. Drink the cocktail either before your meal or at the first sign of heartburn, but be careful not to consume more than seven-and-a-half teaspoons of baking soda in any 24 hour period, as the high salt content can cause swelling and nausea.
4. Drink tea made from fresh ginger root. A study by the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore, India found that ginger is more effective at treating acid reflux than pharmaceutical acid-blockers like Prevacid. Ginger is an effective natural remedy because the root has enzymes that naturally breakdown amino acids. Ginger has the added benefit of being antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic, according to Natural Society. To soothe heartburn, simply drink tea made from boiling water and fresh, peeled or grated ginger root.
5. Eat almonds for dessert. Several personal accounts on The People’s Pharmacy speak to the positive effects of eating just two or three almonds after a meal to quell heartburn. Many claim almonds, as well as almond milk and almond butter, are even more effective than prescription drugs. Prevention Magazine recommends drinking a smoothie made with almond milk in the morning to prevent heartburn during the day. Almonds work because they produce alkalizes that help neutralize acid.