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Symptoms of heartburn
A burning sensation in the stomach or chest
Causes of heartburn
Heartburn is a sense of burning in the stomach. In most instances, some of the stomach digestive juices have backed up out of the stomach into the esophagus (the food tube between the mouth and the stomach). This backing-up action is called reflux.
These juices include hydrochloric acid, which is a rather powerful acid. It is used in industry, to clean metal. When it comes in contact with the esophagus, it burns the wall. Normally, the esophageal sphincter muscle shuts and prevents stomach acids from pushing upward.
Heartburn can be caused by excessive consumption of fatty or fried foods, alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, chocolate, or just having too much food in the stomach. Citrus fruits or tomato-based foods cause it in a few people.
Home Remedies for heartburn
- Immediately drink a large glass of water. This will help wash the HCl back down and dilute it as well.
- Drink some raw potato juice. Whiz up an unpeeled potato and drink it down.
- Do not lie down. Remain upright, so gravity can help push the HCl down and keep it down. Later, when you do lie down, elevate the bed at the foot by 4 inches.
- Avoid bending over; if you must lift something, bend at the knees. You do not want to compress your stomach when you have heartburn.
- Do not drink anything caffeinated, for it will irritate the esophagus even more. Caffeine relaxes the sphincter, so stomach contents can move on up. Tobacco smoke also relaxes the sphincter. Estrogens relax it also.
- Drinking milk may feel good going down, but it encourages the stomach to secrete more acid.
- Drinks with fizz in them expand the stomach and make it more likely that HCl will come up the food pipe.
- Greasy, fried, and fatty foods sit in the stomach for a long time and increase HCl production. Avoid meat and dairy products.
- Antidepressants and sedatives aggravate heartburn. Aspirin and ibuprofen cause heartburn.
- Antacids only mask the symptoms. They also contain aluminum.
- Avoid stress, for that increases HCl production also.
- Loosen your belt; better yet, wear suspenders.
- Do not eat within 2½ hours before bedtime. Doing so not only can cause heartburn but bring on heart attacks also.
- Eat more raw vegetables, chew your food well, and eat slowly.