Sunday, March 23, 2008

4 Ways To Avoid Heartburn

Of all the irises I have seen, I have not seen anyone with a healthy digestive system. One out of three would say that they do experience some degree of heartburn every now and then.

What is a heartburn? Heartburn is also known as pyrosis. According to the definition from Dorland’s medical dictionary definition, it says:

an esophageal symptom consisting of a retrosternal sensation of warmth or burning occurring in waves and tending to rise upward toward the neck, it may be accompanied by a reflux of fluid into the mouth (water brash). It is often associated with gastro-esophageal reflux.”

Heartburn occurs when the muscles at the end of your esophagus are not closed tightly after food has moved into the stomach. This allows the acid contents of the stomach to flow back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. When this problem is not corrected or treated, it will deteriorate to a chronic stage called gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) that could damage your esophagus, and turn cancerous.

Here are 4 tips that could help alleviate heartburn. They are simple and easy steps to take on, but they are also easy to be ignored or taken for granted.

Eat slowly & take time to eat:
Observe how you eat. Do you finish eating in 5 minutes or do you really chew your food? Eating too fast has a tendency to overeat and swallow in more air which add volume to your stomach. A full stomach relaxes the lower esophagus sphincter so much so that stomach acid is able to seep up the esophagus causing irritation.

Go for tea:
It is best not to have caffeinated drinks after meals. Caffeine helps relaxes the lower esophagus as well and allow stomach acid to travel up the esophagus.

Sit upright after meals:
Sleeping or even lying down horizontally immediately after meals will also allow hydrochloric acid from your stomach to flow back up to the esophagus. It is best to sit in an upward position after meals or take a walk which would help your digestion process.

Loose clothing:
Wearing tight fitting clothes and tight belts may force stomach acid up the esophagus too. Wearing comfortable clothing will help enhance your proper circulation in your body.

Heartburn is a sign that your digestive system is not working normally. There is a chemical imbalance in your body and also an imbalance of the intestinal flora. Certain amount of waste is accumulating that is preventing proper absorption of nutrients. It is time for a clean up.

A colon cleansing therapy follow by sufficient dosages of probiotic will help restore your body’s absorption of nutrients which are ‘fuel’ to your body to have its various system get back to work again. Do give your body a chance and sufficient time to heal itself so that it can serve you appropriately.

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1 comment:

Stefanie said...

I never knew that you got heartburn because of relaxing muscles. I always thought that heartburn all depended on the amount of acid you took in. I get heartburn 3-5 times a year, and when I do, it gets so bad that I can barely breathe. With my prior 'knowledge' of how you got heartburn, I could never understand the reasonings for my getting heartburn. But now that I have read your article, it makes more sense to me. I will memorize this information and try to be more careful about where and how I eat, and the immediate afterwards. Thanks a bunch!