Heartburn, which is described by many as a burning sensation in the chest, is a condition that around 25 million people suffer from on a daily basis. There are many underlying factors that can cause it to flare-up, but luckily there are also many ways to find relief. Here are 5 tips on how do you relieve heartburn that can help you find a way to stop it before it starts.
1) Stay upright for at least a couple of hours after you eat a meal. When you consume food, cells in your stomach start producing stomach acid in order to digest the food. If you decide to take a nap after a meal and lay down, what happens is the gastric juices will tend to reflux back into the esophagus. This will damage the delicate lining in the esophagus which causes the burning sensation experienced by sufferers. Stay upright in order for gravity to keep the stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus.
2) Studies have shown that stress can cause heartburn. It has been revealed from numerous studies that stress can cause or intensify the occurrence of the condition. Although the exact reason why is still to be discovered, it is commonly accepted that there is a link. Typically, when someone is stressed they tend to eat more including fatty and fried “comfort foods.” These types of foods are known to cause heartburn.
3) Lifestyle plays a significant role. Smoking has been found to cause heartburn because it inhibits the production of saliva, which contains bicarbonate, a compound that helps to neutralize stomach acid. Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid and relaxes the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) allowing the acid to reflux into the esophagus.
4) Avoid foods that can trigger your symptoms. There are many foods that are known to trigger symptoms to occur, such as spicy, fatty and fried foods. Fruits that are high in acidic content such as lemons, grapefruits and oranges. Drinks that contain caffeine or are carbonated tend to cause symptoms to flare-up.
5) There are many natural remedies available. People have been using natural remedies for heartburn for years with good results. Aloe Vera juice is used to help soothe an irritated esophagus. Marshmallow root, ginger and slippery elm are taken to coat and soothe the lining of the esophagus. They can be taken in pill form or made into a tea. You should consult your doctor before trying any of the natural herbal remedies.
These tips on how do you relieve heartburn have helped many people (including myself) find relief. If you try these suggestion and find that you have frequent and persistent heartburn with increased severity of symptoms over time, this can be an indicator of something more serious. You should immediately see your doctor.