Heartburn is a condition where one may experience a burning feeling in the chest and a bitter or sour taste in the mouth. Heartburn transpires when the acidic content of the stomach flows back into the esophagus. This feeling is unpleasant therefore you should treat it as soon as possible.

If you observed that you experience regular heartburn accompanied with chest pain, coughing and sore throat, you should see the doctor because it may be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflex disease or commonly called GERD. If it is only heartburn, you should consider the following things:

Watch your food intake. The treatments of heartburn always begin with us. You should pay attention to the food you eat and that includes avoiding foods that can activate heartburn. Foods like coffee, spicy foods, vinegar, tomatoes, chocolate, garlic, onion, fatty foods, citrus fruits and many more should be avoided. It is better to eat small portion at a time and chew slowly. Avoid sleeping after eating.

Quit smoking. Smoking not only disintegrates the lungs but it can also decrease the effectiveness of the muscle that maintains acids in the stomach. Do yourself a favour and stop smoking.

Drink aloe vera juice. This is a natural remedy used to calm an irritated esophagus. You should remember though not to take it directly because it may be contaminated. It is best to purchase over-the-counter aloe vera juice.

Apply slippery elm. The bark of slippery elm tree holds mucilage-a substance that can coat the esophagus. This substance is also found in sore throat lozenges.

Eat marshmallow. Like slippery elm, marshmallow contains mucilage that can effectively coat and calm the lining of the esophagus.

Exercise regularly. Regular exercise always helps protect the body from any disorder or in this case acid reflux that can eventually lead to heartburn.