What is Heartburn:
You’ve just enjoyed a big meal and are relaxing in front of the TV when it happens. A burning sensation begins to build in the upper abdomen, behind the breastbone, and makes your chest feel like it’s on fire. The burning and chest pain may travel from your diaphragm all the way to your throat, and may be accompanied with a sour taste and the sensation of food re-entering your mouth. You’re suffering from severe heartburn.
If you have heartburn once a month, it’s considered mild. If you have heartburn once a week, it’s moderate. It’s when your heartburn occurs daily that it’s considered to be severe. About 20% of all adults will experience symptoms of heartburn at least once a month. They can manage these uncomfortable episodes with a change in diet, over-the-counter antacids and weight loss.
Signs and symptoms of heartburn include:
* An uncomfortable sensation of warmth or burning in the chest. This tends to occur after eating, or during sleep. It can last from a few minutes to several hours.
* When bending over or lying down the pain gets worse.
* Some patients may experience a burning sensation in the throat.
* Sometimes there is a chronic cough, sore throat or hoarseness.
* When swallowing, there may be a sensation of food sticking in the middle of the chest or throat.
* Many of the heartburn symptoms may overlap with those of GERD, simply because heartburn is one of the symptoms of GERD.
Causes of Heartburn:
Heartburn is the result of gastric acids backing up into the esophagus.
Causes of heartburn include:
* Aspirin (Bayer, etc.)
* Other anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, etc.)
* Carbonated beverages
* Acidic juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple)
* Acidic foods (tomatoes, grapefruit, and oranges), and
1. One teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water provides immediate relief from heartburn.
2. Reduce heartburn risk by limiting acidic foods such as grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes or vinegar.
3. Have a tablespoon of dark brown sugar every day.
4. Spicy foods giving you heartburn? Cut back on pepper or chillies.
5. Go for a small walk after eating, which will help stimulate the digestive system.
6. Enjoy lean meats and non-fatty foods. Greasy foods (such as chips and burgers) can trigger heartburn.
7. Fresh ginger or ginger tea is an effective remedy to cure heartburn.
8. Avoid drinks that can trigger reflux such as alcohol, drinks with caffeine and fizzy drinks.
9. Herbal tea that contains ginger and peppermint can treat heartburn. Drink it after dinner.
10. Avoid snacking at bedtime. Eating close to bedtime can trigger heartburn symptoms.
11. Never exercise following a large meal.
12. Reduce your night-time heartburn risk: eat meals at least three hours before sleep.