Do you suffer from a burning sensation in your stomach? Does your stomach feel as if it’s on fire? Well, you are not alone. Many people experience this unpleasant sensation.
Apart from the burning sensation, you may also feel discomfort in the upper abdomen or lower chest, bloating, gas, belching, early feeling of fullness when eating, and nausea.
Too much acid in the stomach contributes to a burning feeling, which can happen for several reasons.
Some common causes are gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), food allergies or intolerances, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcers, celiac disease and a Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterial infection.
Other notable causes of a burning sensation in the stomach include side effects of medications or drugs, emotional stress, alcohol abuse, smoking, obesity, overuse of antibiotics, drinking chlorinated water and a poor diet.
Given the numerous and diverse causes of a burning sensation in the stomach, it is important to find out the exact cause before starting a treatment plan. For a proper diagnosis, you should consult your doctor.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a good remedy if you are experiencing a burning sensation in the abdomen. Though acidic in nature, apple cider vinegar has an alkalizing effect that helps balance the acid level in the stomach.
This in turn makes digesting food easier and prevents the formation of excess stomach acid, which often causes this painful problem. It also helps restore the proper pH in the stomach.
- Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of lukewarm water.
- Add a little honey (optional) and mix thoroughly.
- Drink it once or twice a day. You can also drink it before meals.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is another good remedy to treat digestive problems, such as a burning sensation in the stomach. It works as a natural antacid to neutralize the acid in your stomach, thus providing instant relief.