Heartburn is a fairly common condition in which acid rises from the stomach into the esophagus. As a result, the esophagus becomes irritated, causes a burning sensation, in acute cases this can last up to 48 hours. In fact, heartburn medications support a multi-million dollar pharmaceutical industry in the United States. Such drugs are made from chemical ingredients and often create even more problems in the human body. Fortunately, nature has several natural solutions for heartburn. It’s hard to find a product more versatile than baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). This soluble white compound has been used by humans since ancient Egypt as a deodorant, toothpaste, laundry detergent, and facial cleanser. In addition, baking soda is very effective in treating heartburn due to its alkaline nature, which neutralizes excess stomach acid in no time. To use baking soda for this purpose, extinguish a teaspoon of baking soda with boiling water. Dissolve soda in half a glass of water at room temperature and drink. The recommendation to use a high acid product to reduce stomach acid may sound strange, but it works. One theory is that the acetic acid in cider reduces stomach acid (i.e., increases pH) by being a weaker solution than hydrochloric acid. According to another theory, acetic acid will dampen the secretion of stomach acid and keep it at around 3.0. This is enough to continue digesting food, and too little to harm the esophagus. The benefits of ginger for the gastrointestinal tract have been known for centuries. It remains one of the most popular remedies for treating stomach problems such as nausea, indigestion, and morning sickness. Ginger contains compounds similar to enzymes in our digestive tract. As a rule, it is preferable to use ginger in the form of tea. To do this, soak ginger root (or ginger powder) in a glass of hot water and drink when cool.