Quenching Heartburn

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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 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…

Heartburn Remedies

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Most people at one time or another will either suffer from heartburn or will have suffered from heartburn. Heartburn is usually caused by some foods and staying away from these foods usually helps prevent heartburn. Heartburn symptoms are frequently described as a burning sensation in the chest. Some people state that they experience a warming sensation whilst for others it is pain in the chest cavity.

Heartburn symptoms are very common but this does not mean that we should treat them lightly. The symptoms of heartburn usually occur behind the sternum, known as the breastbone. This location is near the heart hence the name heartburn. If the heartburn symptoms are associated with food then we should try and reduce or eliminate the specific food types responsible for these symptoms. Otherwise, further investigation may be required in order to eliminate possible concerns such as ulcers and GERD’s. Read More…