Heartburn causes & symptoms and home remedies.
Heartburn or acid reflux, is a common condition that affects many people. It occurs when acid, which normally resides in the stomach escapes back up into the oesophagus or as its commonly known the food pipe. Because the oesophagus is not as well protected as the stomach the acid can irritate the lining. Which can cause painful symptoms that can last for a few minutes or a few hours.
The symptoms of heartburn are generally described as a kind of tightening or burning sensation in the back of the throat and chest area (usually behind the breastbone). Some people also experience a bitter or acidic taste in the back of the throat and feeling of sickness. Few feelings are worse than the burning & uncomfortable sensation of heartburn
Heartburn and indigestion can tend to have similar triggers.
The Way You Eat
The Types of Food You Eat
The Types of Drinks You Drink
Other known triggers include
Some medicines, such as those for heart problems, asthma and high blood pressure.
Wearing tight clothes which can put pressure on your stomach.
Smoking can encourage acid production and cause the sphincter to relax.
Lets look at natural remedies for curing heartburn
1 Eat a banana. Bananas, are alkaline-producing foods that are effective in balancing the pH level in the stomach. bananas can also help by coating the stomach lining and thus shielding it from painful gastric acid. Furthermore, bananas are rich in potassium, essential for absorbing food into the stomach, as well as fibre, which is important in eliminating harmful toxins. Include bananas in your everyday diet to prevent acid reflux and soothe heartburn when it happens.
2. Eat less. Instead of eating three big meals a day, try eating five to six small meals throughout the day. Smaller meals mean your body is less likely to produce lot sof acid which can aggravate your wind pipe. It will also give you the added benefit of losing some wait. Eating smaller meals will help to stabilize your blood sugar which means you are less likely to pick at surgary snacks. Drink plenty of water with your meals to help you’re your stomach breakdown your food down.
3 Sleep on your left side. This may sound too simple or weird, but studies such as one by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine found that acid reflux was aggravated in subjects who slept on their right side, while those sleeping on their left side experienced a decrease in symptoms. The reasons may be unclear but why not give it a try.
4. Drink tea made from fresh ginger root. A study by the Central Food Technological Research Institute in India found that ginger is more effective at treating acid reflux than standard household acid medicine. Ginger is an effective natural remedy because the root has enzymes that naturally breakdown amino acids. Ginger has the added benefit of being antibacterial, antiviral and anti-parasitic. To soothe heartburn, simply drink tea made from boiling water and fresh, peeled or grated ginger root.
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