Heartburn is miserable. It can make you feel bloated, nauseous, and as if your whole chest is on fire.
All that fiery pain is probably why most people assume heartburn is caused by too much stomach acid. Guess what? It's actually most often caused by too little stomach acid, combined with problem foods and poor gut health.
But the truth is, when you wake up in the middle of the night in agony and gasping for breath, the only thing you care about is making the burn stop—not what caused it! And your instincts are spot on. You definitely need to resolve acid reflux; over time, it can lead to a cascade of digestive problems, including bacteria overgrowth, inflammation, and leaky gut.
Here are seven practical, natural ways you can stop heartburn without reaching for over-the-counter acid blockers. (That's crucial, since acid-reducing medications have been linked to serious immune issues, osteoporosis, and premature death!)