Heartburn, is a burning sensation in the chest (just behind the breastbone or in the epigastrium), that may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. The condition is medically known as pyrosis or acid indigestion, is defined as “Substernal pain or burning sensation, usually associated with regurgitation of acid-peptic gastric juice into the esophagus.” Heart burn is painful and places persons in an uncomfortable situation. Chronic heartburn damages the esophagus and it can even induce a heart disease.
Signs and Symptoms may Include:
- An uncomfortable sensation of warmth or burning in the chest. Which tends to take place after eating or during sleep and it last from a few minutes to several hours.
- The pain gets worse (when bending over or lying down)
- Some patients may experience a burning sensation in the throat
- Sometimes there is a chronic cough, sore throat or hoarseness
- When swallowing, there may be a sensation of food sticking in the middle of the chest or throat
- A typical heartburn sufferer experiences heartburn several times in a week. The heartburn will of shorter duration but the symptoms will occur on frequent basis
- Many of the heartburn symptoms may coincide partially or wholly with those of GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease), simply because heartburn is one of the symptoms of GERD.
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol and some medications can bring on heartburn. Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the esophagus.
Few things to stop doing if you suffer from Heartburn:
- Don’t Overeat
- Don’t eat too quickly
- Don’t eat the foods that can trigger your heartburn
- Don’t go out to eat unprepared
- Don’t go to bed too soon after eating and give a gap of at least 1 hour between dinner and sleep
- Don’t lay flat when you sleep
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t drink too much alcohol
- Don’t wear clothes that are too tight
- Don’t get too stressed
- Avoid fatty and spicy food.
Follow the few tips for Prevention :
- Go for a slow walk after dinner
- Have curd in your diet as it helps in proper digestion
- Do meditation and do not take stress
- Have smaller meals at frequent intervals
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water in a day
Some simple Tips:
- Have peppermint or chamomile tea
- Eat soda crackers or baking soda with water
- Drink 1/2 tablespoon of soda in one glass of water (not recommended for pregnant ladies)
- Take ginger in any form (Tea, vegetable or raw)
- Have almonds
- Drink 2 tablespoons of Apple cider vinegar with 1 tablespoon of honey.
- Eat 2-3 slices of fresh pineapple.
- Take yogurt in your diet.
- Go for a walk to give a balance to your body.
- Take supplements having melatonin, l-tryptophan, vitamins B6 and B12, and folic acid.
- Lemon juice water is also good for keeping heartburn away.
- Chewing peppermint gum helps relieving heartburn.
- Antioxidants are helpful in heartburn.
- Juice of mango or lemon pickle is helpful too.
- Eat Banana as it acts as a natural antacid.
- Aloe vera juice helps in relieving the oesophagus helping to get rid of heartburn.