How to Make Your Own Antacid
Heartburn is not usually the first thing that comes to mind during a survival situation, and it’s also something that escapes us as we prepare as well. However, we all know how irritating and sometimes debilitating heartburn can be, and it’s important to think about how to keep it under control during a crisis. Let’s take a look at a few homemade remedies that you can use if you run out of or forget to stock up on antacid products.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While this isn’t the tastiest option available, the pH level of vinegar makes it the perfect choice for neutralizing acids in the stomach. Not only that, but apple cider vinegar is a potent remedy for a wide-range of other ailments as well. We should all have a supply on hand, whether it’s a commercial product or one that you make at home. To use this remedy, add two teaspoons of vinegar to a cup of water, stir and drink. Repeat the process every five minutes until symptoms subside.
Fresh lemon juice is another excellent way to balance pH levels in the stomach and reduce the pain and discomfort associated with indigestion. Ideally, you want to drink the juice of an entire lemon each time, but this may be hard to swallow due to its strong, bitter taste. Consider squeezing the lemon juice into a glass and diluting it with water before drinking. You can also add a little bit of sugar to temper the strong flavor of the juice if desired.
As with the vinegar, it may take a couple of glasses before you notice a reduction in symptoms. This is partly due to the fact that lemon juice needs a little bit of time to interact with the digestive juices in the stomach. Take a glass, wait about 10 minutes and repeat as necessary until you start to feel better. The good news with using lemon juice is that you are also giving your body an strong shot of nutrients, particularly vitamin C, that can boost your immune system and produce a wide-range of health benefits as well.
Most antacid tablets contain sodium bicarbonate, and this is one of the most effective options to use in order to neutralize stomach acid. However, it can also be very difficult to swallow. The best way to use this remedy is to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with water, stir until it dissolves and drink. Wait a few minutes and repeat as necessary. You can also up the dosage by using a tablespoon in severe cases. The key is to be patient and let the baking soda do its job instead of overwhelming your system with too much at one time.
Consider taking these remedies a few minutes before you eat if you know that your next meal is likely to give you heartburn instead of waiting until symptoms develop. Finally, if you have persistent problems with heartburn, consider altering your survival diet and contents of your stockpile in order to reduce or eliminate items that trigger problems.
These are just a few tried-and-true remedies that are known to work. However, there are also dozens of other home remedies that people swear are just as effective. Feel free to explore these and other options, experiment, and stock up on the ingredients that work best.