Have you been dealing with heartburn? You just had a delicious meal, one you’ve been hoping to have in weeks. You didn’t pay attention to how you were eating; your goal was to finish the bowl and ask for more if possible.
But immediately you finish eating; you start to feel this burning pain in your chest. A slight hiccup precedes this pain. This burning sensation moves from your throat to your chest. You’re no longer at ease; you start to worry and question yourself, did I eat too fast? Is there a problem with the food I took? And many other questions.
You have nothing to worry about. You are only experiencing heartburn. This is another health condition that many battles with daily, and they seem not to find solutions to their problems. I hope this article will help you find a lasting solution to that problem.
We will focus on the cause of this condition, how to prevent it, and home remedies for dealing with the condition.
Just to reduce panic and fear, almost all humans experience this condition, yours is not extremely unique.
What gives birth to Heartburn
There are several reasons why you might presently be suffering from heartburn. In many reported cases, it often has to deal with the type of food you take. Here are some further reasons why you might be suffering from this condition;
- Intake of spicy foods, fatty foods, citrus products, acidic foods, chocolates, coffee, and other carbonated beverages.
- Being overweight or obesity
- Smoking and excessive use of alcoholic beverages and drinks.
- Symptoms of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (a chronic condition with numerous causes)
- Reaction to medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.
- Relaxing of the esophageal sphincter abnormally, leading to backing up of the stomach acid in tube carrying food from mouth to stomach. This results in the flowing back of the acid to the oesophageal.
Prevention/ Dealing with Heartburn
If you presently are not battling with this condition, here are some things you can do to protect yourself;
- Try to eat early before going to bed. Don’t eat late.
- Limit your intake of alcohol, and, if possible, stop taking alcohol.
- Resist the urge to take heavy meals at one. Take it in fractions.
- Try to avoid taking spicy foods or foods that contain an unhealthy quantity of acid.
- Wear loose cloth before and after eating to allow easy movement of food in your stomach.
- Stop both smoking and chewing of tobacco.
- Sleep in a nice position, if possible, make use of a pillow.
This should help prevent you from experiencing heartburn.
Home Remedies for Dealing with heartburn
If on the other hand, you are currently dealing with heartburn, here are some home remedies you can explore to help improve your condition overall;
Manage Your Weight
If you are overweight, or obese, the first step to take in dealing with heartburn is reducing your body weight. There are numerous ways to achieve this; you can take the diet route or the exercise route. This will result in eliminating or reducing the symptoms of acid reflux.
The way you react to this condition after losing weight might be different from the way others react. Hence, you need to monitor the changes and speak with a health care provider before shedding too much weight.
Raise Your Head While Sleeping
If you are currently battling with heartburn, raising your head while sleeping will help with this condition. One of the benefits is that it leads to a reduction in gravity and reduces the symptoms of heartburn.
Try and let your head be raised either with the help of a pillow or cloth to at least 6 to 8 inches.
Reduce How Much You Eat
Another way to deal with heartburn is to reduce the quantity of food you consume. In the human stomach, the esophagus sphincter is present; this is one valve that helps in preventing the movement of the stomach’s acidic content into the esophagus.
This valve opens automatically when you swallow, vomit, or belch. Apart from these moments, it stays closed. But when you are affected by heartburn, it is a sign that the muscle is weak, and is malfunctioning. If the pressure on the muscle is much, then acid squeezes out through the opening leading to acid reflux or heartburn.
So, to prevent this condition, one major thing to do is to reduce the volume of food you eat. If you take large meals, you increase your chances of having heartburn.
Try Low-Carb Diet
Another excellent way of dealing with heartburn is by taking low carb diets. Undigested carbs that are present in the body often lead to the growth of bacteria and increase the pressure inside the abdomen.
When carbs are not digested very well, bacteria start to grow in the body. And when the carbs in the body become too much, you become gassy, belch, and bloat easily. When you focus on low carb diets, you start to deal with the symptoms of heartburn and reduce the birth of bacteria that cause production of gas in the body.
Examples of low carb diets include;
- Lean meats (Chicken breast, pork, sirloin)
- Fruits like apple, blueberries, strawberries, etc.
- Oils (coconut oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil)
- Dairy products (Unsweetened) whole milk, plain Greek yogurt.
Reduce Alcohol Intake
This may be hard for you, but right now, you have no other option. Heartburn becomes more dangerous when you give in to taking of too much wine. Alcohol increases the acid in the stomach, and result in relaxing the esophageal sphincter and weakens the power of the esophageal, making it hard to get rid of stomach acid.
Even if you take a moderate level of alcohol, the chances of suffering from heartburn are still high. So, try and limit the intake of wine and beer or other drinks that contains alcohol.
Limit Intake of Coffee
Another way to deal with heartburn is by reducing the amount of coffee you consume. The caffeine that is present in coffee is also too powerful that it weakens the esophageal sphincter.
If you take decaffeinated coffee, on the other hand, it helps deal with heartburn. Coffee can damage the esophagus, hence you must reduce or completely stop taking coffee.
Try Chewing Gum
This may sound strange, but it is another healthy way to explore when dealing with heartburn. This leads to a reduction in the level of acid in the esophagus. Not all gums though, find ones that contain bicarbonate, they are effective.
When you chew gum, it leads to increased production of saliva, and this, in return, helps clear the acid in the esophagus. It is best also to avoid chewing gums or sweets with mints; it adds to the acid content of the stomach.
Ginger is Another Amazing Option
This is another excellent option to help you combat heartburn or acid reflux. Ginger helps in relieving nausea, so it can also be used for heartburn. You can add the grated or sliced root to your soup, recipe, or food. You can take ginger tea and other ginger supplements.
With the use of the home remedies and steps listed above, you can then increase your chances of effectively dealing with heartburn. If, after exploring these options, you notice no changes at all, then you need to visit your doctor.
Do you have questions, comments, or other healthy steps to take in dealing with heartburn, why not make use of the comment section?