These Are the Best Home Remedies for Heartburn, According to a Doctor

As someone who personally experiences uncomfortable bouts of heartburn and acid reflux, I can attest to not only how physically annoying the condition is, but how inconvenient it can be as well. Whether I'm mid-burpee during an intense workout or enjoying margs and spicy tacos with friends (as was the case during my latest episode), heartburn doesn't discriminate when it comes to timing or intensity. Frustrating, yes, but according to experts, heartburn and acid reflux aren't usually random acts of violence incurred by the body.

From lifestyle to food choices, the onset of heartburn isn't typically without rhyme or reason. For some, suffering from heartburn can feel embarrassing or isolating, but it's actually incredibly common (with a projected 20% of the population experiencing symptoms weekly) and a growing problem within the U.S. To learn more about the condition—what it is, how it's different than acid reflux, and how to manage it—we spoke with Mia Finkelston, MD, a board-certified family physician who treats patients via telehealth app LiveHealth Online. Ahead, seven helpful natural home remedies for heartburn and along with everything else a doctor wants you to know about the condition. Keep scrolling!