Monday, March 02, 2009

The "Cure" for Heartburn and Heart Attacks

Heartburn is probably one of the most common dietary ailments that Americans suffer today, and it is incredibly irritating, annoying, and painful. Of course this is true for anyone who experiences heartburn, but for some - the symptoms can occur so frequently and so severely that medical help and prescription medications seem to be the only solution. If you're pregnant, over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription drugs, can be risky.

During my first pregnancy, I had daily bouts of heartburn, sometimes very severe. I learned that there is a small flap between the stomach and the esophagus that keeps stomach acid where it belongs. However, it is quite common for this flap to become "loose fitting" during pregnancy, which allows stomach acid to seep into the esophagus - especially while laying down.

But you might be surprised to find out that one of the most soothing substances to the stomach lining actually comes from the pepper family - Cayenne. Doesn't sound possible? I wouldn't have believed myself if I hadn't personally tried it - and with great success!

While cayenne pepper is known for the soothing effect on the lining of the stomach, it is also considered a miracle herb by many in the herbal community. It has been claimed as the single life-saving substance for many heart attack sufferers, who say that without cayenne pepper - they would have surely died. Their doctors would probably agree. For an incredibly thorough look into how the red pepper can save a heart attack victim, be sure to visit Shirley's Wellness Cafe.

To take cayenne:
One teaspoon of ground cayenne pepper steeped in one cup of hot (not boiling) water is quite soothing to the stomach. While it may be your "cup-of-tea", you can purchase gel capsules and ground cayenne at most health food or herbal stores, and make the capsules yourself. The quickest and easiest way to take cayenne by buying a bottle of cayenne capsules!