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Heartburn and reflux can be irritating or downright painful – affecting approximately 1 in 5 adults. Heartburn/ GERD occurs when stomach acid backs up into the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach (esophagus).

While the burning sensation after eating is a signature indication of heartburn – it can also trigger other symptoms, including:

  • a burning sensation in the throat.
  • pressure or acute pain behind the sternum (breastbone).
  • difficulty swallowing.
  • discomfort becoming more intense afterwhen lying down or bending over.
  • bitter taste in the mouth – or “acidic” (sour).
  • coughing or hoarseness.

Heartburn can occur to anyone, as a one-off or an incident linked to specific triggers. Some medications, pregnancy, smoking, body weight, sedentary lifestyle or having structural digestive issues, like hiatal hernia or weakened esophageal sphincter are all contributing factors.

Many foods and beverages can trigger heartburn as well, including chocolate, citrus, peppermint, alcohol, tomato-based, fried, spicy, and fatty foods. Overeating, laying down after eating and wearing restrictive clothes can also lead to the uncomfortable “burn” of reflux.

Fortunately – there is relief! Herbs can help to relieve the discomfort and quench the burn!


Acidux, by St. Francis Herb Farm, uses a unique blend of 6 digestion-supportive herbs that help relieve digestive discomfort – including heartburn!

The formula features meadowsweet, an herb with anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe inflammation and has been used for centuries to relieve pain and digestive complaints.

  • Calendula, another antacid, anti-inflammatory herb.
  • Chamomile, licorice, and ginger settle the stomach.
  • Marshmallow soothes the tissues of the digestive tract helping quench the fires of heartburn.

When these herbs come together in this certified organic, crafted herbal digestive tonic, they synergistically work to counteract acid, tone the digestive system and relieve pain from irritated tissue.

How to Take: Take 2 mL 3 times daily, in a little water, on an empty stomach. Acidux can also be taken after eating when symptoms flare for effective relief of discomfort.

Prevention is the best solution for heartburn. It is much simpler to prevent an attack if you can, than try to ease the discomfort. You can lower your chances of suffering an acid attack by:

  • Avoiding dietary triggers and overeating.
  • Quitting smoking.
  • Maintaining a healthy fitness routine.
  • Wearing comfortable clothing.
  • Avoiding laying down directly after eating (eat at least 3 hours before bed)
  • Elevateing the head of your bed – get gravity on your side!
  • Slowing down to eat mindfully and chew food thoroughly.
  • Taking Acidux proactively, to avoid discomfort from heartburn as a targeted herbal formula specifically formulated for soothing acid reflux.

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