How one Spice Cured my Heartburn
Can your spice cabinet be as powerful as your medicine cabinet? Let's find out...
I cannot begin to tell you how much my life has improved since switching to a plant-based diet. I can listen to my hunger cues more clearly, I lost weight and kept it off, I have less cravings for junk, my skin has cleared up, and I can poop on a regular bases (TMI? I think we have reached the point in our friendship where we can talk about our bowel movement, right?). I could go on with all the positives but I think I should just get to my point and talk about the one NEGATIVE thing that did happen. After about a year and a half into eating a vegan diet, I started experiencing serious heartburn. Yes, HEARTBURN?! I thought that was something that pregnant women endured or caused from eating too many greasy meals. Since I was neither preggo nor eating fried foods, I was very confused and wanted to find out why this was happening. I also wanted to find a more natural remedy instead of popping those chalky tablets. I just knew there was one out there. So I hit the interwebs for some answers.
Heartburn happens when there is a buildup of excess stomach acid and the valve between the stomach and the esophagus has weakened (potentially due to fatty foods, citrus juice, alcohol, obesity, or pregnancy). When the valve isn’t as tight as it should be, acid can travel up the esophagus and create a burning sensation. This information didn’t answer why I was just now experiencing heartburn. I knew it had something to do with my plant-based diet since I had never had an issue prior to switching my diet. My research lead my to discover that dairy is often used as a remedy since it can help coat the stomach and ease the excess acid production. As I used to eat a lot of greek yogurt and cheese, that would explain why I was just now starting to experience heartburn. Additionally, as my blood group is O, I tend to have a higher level of stomach acid than the other blood types to better digest protein and fat. So there I was, feeling like my stomach acid that was trying to burn a hole through my esophagus when I stumbled upon an Instagram post that changed my life.
While scrolling through my feed one day, I saw a new post by one of my favorite holistic health bloggers, Organic Olivia (click HERE to see the original post). It was a post on how Turks and Middle Easterners often add a specific spice to neutralize the acidity in their coffee. CARDAMOM! Could it really be that easy? I already had that spice sitting in my cabinet. According to Olivia, “Cardamom is highly alkaline, making it an excellent antidote to acid. As a member of the ginger family, cardamom has been used to make heavy and acidic foods easier to digest for more than 5,000 years. In Ayurveda, the seeds are used as lozenges to suck on after meals to aid digestion, reduce mucus buildup in the body and naturally combat gas.”
After reading that I knew I had found the remedy I had been searching for! The next morning I added the spice to my oatmeal and felt an immediate improvement. I now add it to my breakfast everyday and I have shared this trick with as many people as I can. If you suffer from really bad heartburn try this cardamom-oat combination. The high fiber content in the oats helps absorb excess acid and the cardamon will help your digestion. At first, try to keep eat your oats as plain as possible since fruit and fats (like seeds and nut butters) can aggravate the problem. Once you start feeling better, you can add fresh fruit and nut butters to you oatmeal. How cool is it that our kitchen (especially our spice cabinet) can be a powerful resource at improving our health?
So let me know, do you suffer from heartburn? Do you have another natural remedy that you like to use? I would love to hear your thought!
Have a wonderful week my friends :)