Heartburn, the burning sensation in the chest, throat and esophagus caused by stomach acid entering the esophagus, can disrupt daily activities and interrupt sleep. It is one of the most common afflictions with almost everyone experiencing heartburn at least once. Many over-the-counter medications treat the painful condition but there are some at-home remedies and herbal supplements that may be helpful too. These remedies can reduce inflammation and counteract acid; although there is limited research on their true efficacy. If heartburn is a chronic problem, a physician should be consulted.
Chewing gum. Chewing gum for thirty minutes after a meal can provide relief from heartburn according to a study reported in the Journal of Dental Research. The gum should be sugar-free. Chewing gum makes a person generate more saliva and swallow more. Saliva has acid-neutralizing ability plus the extra saliva helps wash acid back into the stomach. It may also help reduce inflammation and dilute stomach acid in the esophagus. Another benefit of chewing gum is that it can combat bad breath, which is a side effect of acid reflux.