Heartburn Also called: Acid indigestion, Pyrosis
Heartburn Also called: Acid indigestion, Pyrosis
Heartburn could be very painful and make you life miserable
By: Dr. ANA FARIAS ND (Doctor of Naturopathy)
Prevention and recommendations with remedies
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. It happens when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach.
If you have heartburn more than twice a week, you may have GERD.
But you can have GERD without having heartburn.
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol, and some medications can bring on heartburn.
Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus.
Over-the-counter medicines may help. If the heartburn continues, you may
need prescription medicines or surgery.
If you have other symptoms such as crushing chest pain, it could be a heart attack.
Get help immediately.
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 60 million Americans report having heartburn at least once a month, and some studies report that more than 15 million Americans have symptoms every day.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition that affects the digestive system. While most people experience heartburn or indigestion from time to time, if you feel that burning sensation in your chest more than twice a week, you might have GERD.
The condition is a more serious and long-lasting form of acid reflux. Most people can manage GERD with over-the-counter (OTC) medications and a few lifestyle changes.
Anyone can develop GERD. It occurs across every age group and ethnicity. However, you’re more likely to have GERD if:
- You’re overweight or obese.
- You’re pregnant.
- You take certain medications, including antihistamines, painkillers, and antidepressants
- You smoke or are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke.
One of the biggest challenges in determining the number of people living with GERD is identifying who actually has the disease. Many people with GERD symptoms don’t consult a healthcare provider. A 2014 systematic review estimates from 15.1 to 30 percent[DS1] of the U.S. population has GERD.
According to the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), there were 995,402 hospitalizations for GERD in 1998. In 2005, there were 3.14 million, an increase of 216 percent. In both years, approximately 62 percent of all GERD hospital discharges involved women.
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Avoid foods that can cause heartburn or heartburn such as alcohol (especially red wine), coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate, citrus fruits, spicy foods, peanuts, ice cream and spicy foods.
Measure the portions. When eating, consume small amounts of a balanced diet. If you eat more, the food will stay longer in the stomach, which facilitates the appearance of acidity.
Avoid sleeping or taking a nap immediately after eating especially if it has been abundant. It takes time (at least three hours) for the digestive system to do its job
Avoid wearing tight clothing to the body when eating. .
Lifting your head with pillows while lying down or sitting up relieves the discomfort frequently.
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Healing foods for acidity
There are foods that help fight heartburn. Some of them are papaya, oats, carrots, squash, cabbage or cabbage, among others. Therefore, its intake is recommended especially to include it in the preparation of juices and liquefied healing.
Also, it is necessary to include medicinal plants to relieve it. Examples of these plants are chamomile, licorice, ginger and aloe vera or aloe vera .
Healing juices for acidity
Juice to combat acidity or heartburn # 1
1 slice of large papaya
1/4 cup of oatmeal
1 glass of water
RECOMMENDATION: Wash, cut and get a slice of papaya. Place the slice along with the oatmeal and water. Blend for a few moments. Strain and take half an hour after meals. TWICE DAILY AND FOR 6 DAYS A WEEK. ATTENTION: For complete 90 days therapy you will need to make an appointment with DR. FARIAS. This healing juice is just one of many that can be recommended.
Remedy for heartburn # 1
2 cups of water
1 sprig of licorice
2 slices of ginger
Heat the water in a bowl and let it boil, when this happens, add the licorice and ginger. Let boil 3 minutes over low heat, remove from heat, let stand for 3 more minutes, strain the infusion and take after meals.
What causes GERD?
GERD is a result of a weak lower esophageal sphincter.
That weakness allows the contents of your stomach to flow back up into your esophagus.
There are a variety of factors that can weaken your esophageal sphincter, including:
- being overweight
- smoking or regular exposure to secondhand smoke
- hiatal hernia (part of the stomach protrudes into the diaphragm muscle)
Certain foods and beverages can trigger GERD. Some of the more common food triggers include:
- fried or fatty foods
- carbonated beverages
- drinks containing alcohol
Some medications can cause GERD, too. Among them are:
- alpha blockers
The most common symptoms of GERD are acid indigestion and heartburn.
You may frequently burp and feel bloated.
Acid in your esophagus can make it spasm. That causes pain and a feeling of tightness in the chest.
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