Having a good case of heartburn is no laughing matter. If you have had even the occasional burn in your chest and throat from heartburn, you know very well that it can be horrible. Heartburn is caused from a creation of too much stomach acid to that is normally excreted to aid in the digestion of foods. If too much is excreted, it will ‘back up’ into the esophagus and will do what any acid would do to tissue…burn!
Anyone who has heartburn is in a hurry to get rid of it. Eating a single bite is next to impossible when you have heartburn, even if it just a mild case. Getting rid of the acid burning in your throat can be done with a few home remedies.
Rule of thumb for heartburn sufferers: don’t eat a meal and lie down right afterwards. Wait for at least an hour to lie down after a meal. When you lie down sooner than that, you give your stomach acid an easier trip up to your esophagus. Keep in mind also that after meal time is when the acid begins working and is more abundant.
Don’t overeat to prevent heartburn. Think of the design of your stomach and esophagus. If you eat too much, your stomach will have to stretch out more and the overflow has to go somewhere. You will end up with ‘back wash” as the overflow of food gets mixed with stomach acid.
Dieting to lose that tummy will help relieve chronic heartburn as well. If you are overweight, your abdominal fat will press against your stomach and cause a ‘back wash’ as well. This is just plain out laws of gravity.
For all you coffee lovers out there who have heart burn on a daily basis, you may need to lighten up on your intake. Caffeine actually relaxes the gastro esophageal sphincter, the flap of muscle that acts as an opening and shutting door at the bottom of the esophagus, and will cause reflux.
Drinking too much soda can also cause heartburn. The carbonation of the water is made by using carbon dioxide a can cause distention n the stomach. The result is a nasty case of heartburn.
If you are experiencing a lot of stress, you will most likely be experiencing a lot of heartburn along with it. When you are under too much pressure, your stomach will increase its level of stomach acid and it will back up into your esophagus. Find ways to relieve your stress.
Some foods will help to relieve heartburn. Honey, yogurt, spiced baked pumpkin, and buttermilk are a few foods that will help to neutralize stomach acids to lighten up the heartburn.
Avoid peppermint because it can cause heartburn. Other foods like breakfast sausage, chili, and spicy tomato sauces cab all cause heartburn as well.
If you have recurring heartburn that won’t go away, you should consult your doctor. Some serious digestive disorders have heartburn as a symptom. Too much stomach acid in the esophagus all the time with recurring heartburn has been led to being a cause for esophageal cancer.