Heartburn is a strong burning sensation felt in the chest or the upper stomach due to reflux of stomach acids in the food pipe (esophagus). Most people experience heartburn occasionally, but it can lead to a chronic form known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). The main cause of heartburn are unhealthy diet and lifestyle, but there are other triggers as well.
Symptoms of acid reflux can be alleviated by modifications in diet and lifestyle. But there are a number of natural treatment options which can help in better digestion, neutralizing stomach acids and alleviate inflammation due to heartburn. Aloe vera is considered one of the best home remedy for effective and quick treatment of gastric diseases like acid reflux.
Medical experts believe that aloe vera juice may have soothing effect for people with heartburn. Aloe vera juice contains lots of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. This helps in the detoxification of the body when consumed orally. Aloe juice also boosts the digestion and eliminate waste.
Medical research suggests that aloe vera juice may be a safe and effective treatment for alleviating inflammation due to heartburn. As per a study conducted in 2015, it has found that aloe vera juice had effectively reduced the symptoms of acid reflux. Also there were no side effects due to the consumption of this juice. In some cases, this natural home remedy is even better than traditional medication.
A study published in Journal of Environment Science and Health recommends drinking of aloe vera juice for the treatment of GERD and it also heals the lining of the stomach and esophagus. Experts have confirmed that aloe vera acts as an anti-inflammation agent and reduces the acid production in the stomach.
How to use Aloe Vera for Heartburn?
You can find aloe vera juice or gel in any grocery store or online stores. Make sure to check that the bottle is produced for internal use and safe to drink.
The dosage of aloe vera juice will vary depending on the manufacturers of the product. However, you can start by taking two fluid ounces of aloe vera juice 3 to 4 times a day. Do not drink more than the recommended dosage on the label of the bottle, as aloe vera can be toxic in high doses.
You shall take two ounces of aloe vera juice 20 minutes before your meal. If you find the taste of aloe vera a bit strong, dilute the juice with some water.
You can also opt to take aloe vera capsules 2 to 3 times a day, before meals. However, there is no confirmed evidence that aloe capsules will ease the heartburn.
Risks and Precautions
Although aloe vera is safe to consume in juice or gel form, there are some side effects associated with this natural remedy. Aloe vera juice can lead to lower blood sugar levels and may cause stomach pain and cramps.
It’s recommended that you shall always opt for decolorized and purified aloe vera juice. Drinking of non-decolorized aloe vera juice can cause diarrhea.
People who are suffering from diabetes shall consult with their doctor first, before drinking aloe vera juice. As it may interfere with the medications for diabetes.
Pregnant women should also avoid this home remedy, as it may induce miscarriage.