Heartburn or acid reflux, can cause great discomfort and a sufferer may experience many symptoms. The following paragraphs explore the symptoms and causes of this condition, with a focus on where to find natural heartburn remedies.
Acid reflux occurs when the sphincter muscle between the stomach and the esophagus fails to tighten after a meal. When an individual eats or drinks, the sphincter muscle will relax, allowing food or liquids to enter the stomach. Normally, after eating, the sphincter will then contract, trapping acids and gastric juices inside the stomach. When this muscle fails to contract, stomach acids are leaked into the oesophagus creating discomfort.
Symptoms of acid reflux differ and a sufferer can experience more than one symptom at the same time. The most common indicators of acid reflux are, dyspepsia (indigestion), dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), chest pain, feeling bloated, sore throat, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, acidic taste and belching. Symptoms can come and go, however may be more severe after eating.
A range of foods are attributed to acid reflux, however the effects of consuming particular foods and liquids can vary from person to person. Among the foodstuffs claimed to be the most problematic are, spicy, sugary, and fatty foods, tomatoes, chocolate, peppermint, hot drinks, coffee and alcohol. If an individual notices that they experience recurring symptoms after consuming particular foodstuffs or liquids, it is advisable to eliminate them until you have established if they are the culprits for the attack. However, prior to any change in the diet, you are advised to seek medical advise.
Glutamine is a naturally occurring substance found in the human body and is thought to reduce inflammation of the intestine. This substance is found in everyday foods such as eggs, milk, other dairy, fish, chicken, beef, spinach, cabbage and beans. Ginger, either root, capsule or in powdered form, is suggested to relax the muscles in the walls of the oesophagus, therefore helping to prevent an attack. Root and powdered ginger can be added to any dish and is readily available in supermarkets.
There are a number of practical steps a sufferer can take that may ease symptoms. If an individual is overweight, extra pressure is put onto the stomach which, in turn, can encourage attacks. Losing weight may offer relief and should be discussed with a physician. Smoking is also believed to exacerbate symptoms, it is advisable to either stop smoking, if possible, or reduce the amount that you smoke.
Herbal licorice is thought to reduce the gastric acids that cause heartburn. Other benefits associated with this product are, relief from a sore throat and easing inflammation of the intestinal tract. Always follow manufacturers directions for the correct dosage. Aloe Vera, in juice or gel form, is suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties and some sufferers claim aids digestion. This product is available in lotion form, therefore select the product that is for internal use only following the directions on the box. Cider vinegar is also believed to lower gastric acid and is usually consumed with water before a meal, however, should be taken as directed. All of these remedies are available in health food stores.
Heartburn remedies can be found in everyday foods and herbal supplements offer natural alternatives. Incorporating the above steps into your lifestyle will hopefully eliminate symptoms.
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Hi, My name is James and welcome to my blog-site. Acid reflux or Heartburn has been my constant companion for most of my life, or at least from the age of 11 or so. I can still remember knocking on my parents bedroom door late one night to ask my Dad if he had any Acid relief tablets ! As such this is a subject that I am keenly interested in, for I have tried many remedies in my 53 years - with varying success. I plan to write about my experiences and experiments with several Heartburn Cures throughout this blog - I hope that you can join me.