Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Discomfort, burning sensation and acid coming up till throat?

That painful burning sensation up from your stomach?


You know you shouldn't have eaten such a big meal. But it was so good, you couldn't resist more helpings.  


Many people who suffer from Heartburn, this is a  familiar reaction and all they want is a Heartburn home remedy.


Almost half of the population have Heartburn and want a Heartburn home remedy at one time or another and in one form or another. For some, it's almost daily occurrence. It is caused when stomach acids and other contents flow back, or reflux into the esophagus. 


Unlike the stomach that has mucus producing lining to stop the irritation of acid and in some cases ulceration, the esophagus does not. This is why burning sensation occurs. The gate or valve between the stomach and esophagus does not close properly after each mouthful of food is swallowed allowing the acid from the stomach to go up in the esophagus. 


In cases of pregnancy with the added intra-abdominal pressure, it tends to force the stomach fluids up in the esophagus, so 6 or 7 smaller meals are recommended


A Heartburn home remedy can be simply be a few simple lifestyle changes. 


The simplest would be to adopt a low fat diet and include a balance of protein, starches and high fiber rich vegetables and fruit. Coffee including decaffeinated brands produces high acid production. 


Teas, colas, and other caffeine drinks should be cut down or avoided. There has been no evidence that spicy foods cause indigestion with the exception of red and black pepper but if your suspect your discomfort occurs after a spicy meal you should avoid them.


Heartburn home remedy's include the use of nonprescription antacids to neutralize or suppress stomach acid. Try not to eat at least 2 hours before bedtime, and try not bending over and keep your back straight. Smoking does not help as it relaxes the muscular sphincter between the esophagus and stomach. Alcohol doesn't help so limit your intake.  

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