When I was pregnant with my daughter, throughout the later part of the pregnancy, I was popping Tums or some antacid like crazy. I later found out that I had gall stones, which is a whole ‘nother blog, I still have my gall bladder, thank you very much, but the gall bladder pain and heartburn pain are in similar areas, so I never knew which was which, and I would pop a million Tums, especially at night to make it seem more tolerable. When Margo was five months old I was in the hospital with an inflamed gall bladder! Of course, the surgeons were like, ‘When do you want to schedule surgery to remove your gall bladder?’. I was like, ‘NEVER!!!! You need your gall bladder, stupids!’. Ok, I mean, you can survive without it, but I didn’t want to loose my little bile squirter.
After the hospital incident, I became much more aware of my gall bladder and liver. Eating at certain times, certain foods, and actually, eating less dairy products, taking some ayurvedic remedies, and doing a cleanse, all seemed to help immensely. I also read this crazy guy’s book called, ‘The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse‘. The crazy guy, Andreas Moritz is actually really cool, he’s a gall bladder and liver crusader, but man, does he scare you about your liver! Anyway, he mentions that anti-acids are really no good for you and often you confuse heartburn with gall bladder pain and the anti-acids just make the gall bladder worse. So, I listened to the crazy guy and because I don’t want to do anything else to my poor gall bladder, (which has been behaving surprisingly well), I have not popped a single antacid this entire pregnancy and haven’t even had real heart burn until…. the end of the third trimester… Oh yeah! Bring on the heart burn! It usually only happens when I’ve eaten too much for dinner. It’s not fair though, just a few weeks ago I was scarfing down food like a champ… but all that scarfing has made baby grow big and now it’s kicking me in the ribs. There isn’t much room in my abdominal cavity anymore… the diaphragm is crowded and the stomach is like, ‘Dude, you can fill me up later, because right now, there is just no room!’.
Tonight’s heartburn was especially unbearable, ate too much pasta for dinner. So, a quick search for an ayruvedic remedy for heart burn and this is what I found. It’s not exactly ayurveda… I’ve never heard of baking soda being used in ayurveda, but it’s natural enough for me, and I had all the ingredients in my kitchen. I used lemon juice instead of lime… who has a lime in their kitchen? Now, remember, this is NOT a remedy for chronic heartburn. Chronic heartburn probably means you need something else, change of diet, etc. But, it does work for instant relief. It did for me 🙂
Instant effectiveness : you might also try this formula: Into 1 cup of water add
- lime juice 10 drops
- organic sugar 1/2 teaspoon
- baking soda 1/4 teaspoon
Put the baking soda into the cup last.When you add it, an effervescent reaction will occur. Immediately drink the mixture to neutralize heartburn and acid stomach.
p.s. Made my teeth feel squeaky clean too!