Extinguishing The Different Types of Heartburn
How to Extinguish Each Type of Heartburn
It’s all too familiar, that burning sensation spreading upward from the chest. Heart-burn afflicts more than 100 million Americans, and we spend $3 billion each year on drugs to treat it. Acid reflux, the condition that causes heartburn, can severely damage the esophagus~a condition that may necessitate surgery. It can also cause asthma or chronic hoarseness… or send you to the emergency room with severe chest pain. And it increases your risk of esophageal cancer, which is often deadly.
We Have Good News Though
Dietary strategies and minor lifestyle changes are often all that’s needed to control heartburn.
For more severe cases of acid reflux, new drugs are proving highly effective.
Stirring The Fire Within You
For the first few minutes after you eat, food churns with stomach acid.
During this period, a valve-like muscle separating the stomach from the esophagus should constrict, preventing acid from splashing “upstream.”
If this lower esophageal sphincter fails to close, acid seeps back (refluxes ) into the esophagus. Doctors call this condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
This is hydrochloric acid we’re talking about here…as strong as the stuff that’s in your car battery. The stomach is protected from injury by special cells in its lining..the asophagus is not.
The esophagus isn’t the only organ vulnerable to acid reflux.
If even a little acid is inhaled into the lungs, you man develop a chronic cough. If you have asthma, GERD is an aggravating factor in 50% of all cases of asthma.
Acid in the voice box (larynx) causes chronic hoarseness. In severe cases of acid laryngitis speaking becomes painful–even impossible.
Reflux can also cause a distressing “lump-in the-troat” sensation…or a postnasal drip that forces you to clear your throat over and over again.
Problem: Fewer than half of all individuals with reflux-induce cough, asthma or hoarseness have noticeable heartburn. Consequently, even experienced doctors may fail to identify reflux as the cause of these conditions. That means these ailments go misdiagnosed… and mistreated.
Step one to beating GERD is to pinpoint the foods that relax the sphincter and/or boost fatty foods…dairy products coffee (even fruits…red wine and other alcoholic beverages…chocolate…mint.
Mint? Despite its popularity as an after-dinner treat, any form of mint affects the esophageal sphincter.
Of course, when it comes to heartburn, the key is to find out what foods you should avoid.
You may have heard that it helps to sleep with the head elevated—either by using an extra pillow or by standing the head of your bed on six-inch blocks.
Other helpful Strategies…
*Eat small meals.
*Don’t lie down for at least three hours after a meal. It’s easy for acid to reflux into the esophagus when you’re lying down.
Avoid tight clothing, especially underwear. It forces acid into the esophagus.
When lifting a heavy object, bend at the knees, not the waist. This puts less pressure on your stomach.
*Suck hard candy or chew sugarless gum. Doing so stimulates the production of bicarbonate in the saliva, a natural antacid. Over-the-counter (OTC) antacids are effective for mild, occasional heartburn. But they don’t provide long-lasting relief.
Moringa Tea, Moringa Powder, Moringa Extracts, and more will further assist you as well with a multi-vitamin count out of this world.
Resources: Richard M. Restak, MD, clinical professor of neurology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC.