PPIs are effective, but heavily used. Researchers have found that hospital patients who take a PPI are more likely to be infected with clostridium difficile, dangerous superbug. For older women, long-term use increases the odds of breaking a bone. For milder symptoms, an antacid may be all that is needed.
Lifestyle changes are unlikely to make a big difference to people with severe heartburn. But sometimes avoiding certain foods means people experience heartburn less frequently.
Here are some simple home remedies that may help with mild heartburn:
1. Chewing gum. It gets saliva flowing, which can prevent stomach acid from burning your oesophagus.
2. Ginger. The root is traditional stomach soother. So try some candied ginger or cup of ginger tea after a meal. To make tea, grate the root , steep in hot water for few minutes and strain.