It is estimated that 40% of the adult population suffer from heartburn. Drugs are often prescribed for sufferers from recurring heartburn and these are not without side effects. In fact many of these drugs prevent nutrient uptake, may increase risk of dementia, and may make one more liable to allergies. For these reasons, many sufferers are looking for drug-free relief from heartburn.
Heartburn occurs when the contents of your stomach travel backwards into your oesophagus causing pain, inflammation and damage with recurring episodes. This condition is called GERD or just called reflux and the inflammation accompanying this is term “oesophagitis”. Whilst most people attribute this inflammation and discomfort to excess acid, this is not always the case. In fact, other enzymes found in the contents of the stomach such as pepsin and bile can also cause damage the oesophageal lining resulting in the symptoms of heartburn. Read More…
Heartburn is a common problem which will affect most people at some point during their lives. Home remedies are frequently advertised that promise to quench heartburn quickly however many of these drugs and home remedies are not without side effects.
What exactly is heartburn?
Heartburn is described as a burning sensation in the chest area, especially when lying down or bending forward. It is caused by the backwash of stomach acid into the oesophagus, the tube connecting the mouth and stomach. Most people report a sour or bitter aftertaste in the mouth after a heartburn episode. Heartburn is usually caused by the weakening of the lower oesophageal sphincter, LES, a bundles of muscles that are supposed to keep the contents of the stomach out of the oesophagus. When the LES is functioning properly, the valve opens up momentarily to allow food to pass into the stomach. When LES function is impaired, the acidic contents of the stomach go backwards into the oesophagus, a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD’s. Read More…
Rich Christmas food is notorious for triggering indigestion in anyone with a sensitive tummy. I am stocking up on probiotics to help balance gut bacteria.
- I take Mega Probiotic-ND, £18.50 for 60 capsules, every morning on an empty stomach.
- Anyone with irritable bowel syndrome may like to invest in Symprove, £21.95 for 500ml, in Mango and Passionfruit flavour or Original, which has shown success in independent research.
- As there may be little ones running around snaffling pud, I am including Bio-Kult Infantis, £11.95 for 16 sachets, which is suitable for babies, toddlers and young children.
- Order all three products from Victoria Health (victoriahealth.com) now for delivery before Christmas.
- If you are running out of time, try Pukka organic herbal teas, which are widely available. Best for digestion are Three Mint, Three Fennel or Three Ginger, around £2.30 each for 20 tea bags, stockists on pukkaherbs.com. Read More…