Heartburn is the feeling of discomfort or a burning sensation behind the breastbone, spreading upwards from the pit of the stomach along the esophagus. The appearance of heartburn occurs periodically, generally an hour after eating, especially if the food was plentiful and hot. It occurs less often during exercise, when the body is tilted or horizontal.
Usually to rid of heartburn, drinking enough water should suffice to stop heartburn or it is possible with anti acids (substances that neutralize acid). However, bouts of heartburn may repeat often enough and disrupt a comfortable life. If you are suffering from this disease, it can also be treated at home with help from the book Rapid Reflux Relief. The results will surprise you. Download the book at the link at the bottom of the page.
When heartburn bothers a person more than three times a week, it significantly worsens the quality of life. Although there is some relationship between the periods of heartburn, esophageal clearance and duration of the presence or absence of esophageal mucosal damage, it is not always sufficiently clear. Some patients suffering from severe esophagitis (inflammation of the esophagus), do not complain of heartburn.
Heartburn may be accompanied with gastritis by high acidity, gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer, cholecystitis, toxemia of pregnancy, occurs in the diaphragmatic hernia, and intolerance of certain food substances. When combined with heartburn belch (especially acidic), it may be a sign of gastritis or a gastric ulcer. If the pain gets worse when lying down, there may be a problem in the esophagus.
Causes of heartburn can be increased acidity in the stomach, while sometime a special sensitivity of the mucous membrane of the esophagus and the stomach are at a low pH. Often heartburn is accompanied by diseases of the stomach, but can also occur in neuropsychiatric disorders after meals.
Malnutrition and an unhealthy lifestyle that aggravates heartburn is one of the most common causes. Smoking, alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and hot spices in large quantities irritate the stomach, this leads to an increase in acid and relax the valve of the stomach.
Heartburn is also provoked by eating large quantities of citrus fruits, tomatoes, various pickles, fresh bread, pastries and fried foods. Overeating leads to stretching of the stomach and provokes excessive acid secretion. Taking such drugs as aspirin, ibuprofen, ortophen and other drugs may provoke the strengthening of acid production in the stomach and deliver acid contents into the esophagus.
Wearing tight belts, weight lifting, pregnancy, being overweight can all contribute to the intra-abdominal pressure, which can lead to acid reflux that can cause heartburn. Sleeping after eating can become a trigger. Stress, neurosis, especially accompanied by anxiety, are also causes.
Causes of heartburn:
- Fatty foods
- Large quantity of food, especially fat.
- Resting in a horizontal position after a meal.
- Strong coffee and tea.
- Medicines that lower blood pressure
Regular heartburn after meals should not be considered a separate problem. This unpleasant symptom generally indicates a gastrointestinal disease.