Feeling a burn in the lower chest? Along with a sour or a bitter taste in the throat and mouth? Yes! It a Heartburn then. Nah. Despite it’s a name, heartburn doesn’t affect the heart neither it is any result due to disorder caused in the heart. It usually occurs after a big meal or while lying down last for a couple of minutes or few hours.
The reason for this happening is that a, after you have the food, the food travels all along the esophagus all the way to the stomach. There is a opening, the gate between the esophagus and the stomach which closes after the foods enters the stomach. It that gate doesn’t close the acid from the stomach get into your esophagus, it’s a reflux, which makes sometimes come along the mouth having a vomiting putting the acid out.
Hiatal Hernia, a condition in which part of the stomach is pushed up through the diaphragm (muscle wall between the stomach and chest) into the chest, it causes the heartburn.
Things that can make Heartburn worse
- Cigarette smoking Coffee (both regular and decaffeinated) and other drinks that contain caffeine
- Alcohol Carbonated drinks
- Citrus fruits
- Tomato products Chocolate, mints or peppermints
- Fatty foods or spicy foods (such as pizza, chili and curry)
- Lying down too soon after eating
- Being overweight or obese
- Aspirin or ibuprofen (one brand name: Motrin)
- Certain medicines (such as sedatives and some medicines for high blood pressure)
Pregnancy, certain foods, alcohol, and some medications can also bring on heartburn. Treating heartburn is important because over time reflux can damage the oesophagus. Over-the-counter medicines may help. If the heartburn continues, you may need prescription from a doctor, whether to be on medicines or surgery.
If you have other symptoms such as crushing chest pain, it could be a heart attack.
You might be able to avoid heartburn by making some changes in your lifestyle.
You basically need to avoid consuming food which contains acid contents mentioned above and many you could search for, acid acts like catalyst for heartburn.
- Place 6- to 9-inch blocks under the legs at the head of your bed to raise it.
- Try to eat at least 2 to 3 hours before lying down. If you take naps, try sleeping in a chair.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Lose weight if you’re overweight.
- Don’t overeat.
- Eat high-protein, low-fat meals.
- Avoid tight clothes and tight belts.
- Avoid foods and other things that give you heartburn.
What if my symptoms get worse?
If lifestyle changes and antacids don’t help your symptoms. Go to a specialized doctor related to heart problem. Have some tests. Tests might include X-rays to check for ulcers, a pH test to check for acid in the oesophagus, or an endoscopy to check for other conditions. During an endoscopy, your doctor looks into your stomach through a long, thin tube which is inserted down your oesophagus. Your doctor may also check for H. pylori, bacteria that can cause ulcers.
What about medicines for heartburn?
Several kinds of medicine can be used to treat heartburn. Antacids neutralize the acid that your stomach makes. For most people, antacids that you can get without a prescription (over-the-counter) give fast, short-term relief.
Can heartburn be serious?
If you only have heartburn now and then, it’s probably not serious. However, if you have heartburn frequently, it can lead to esophagitis (an inflamed lining of the oesophagus). If esophagitis becomes severe, your oesophagus might narrow and you might have bleeding or trouble swallowing.
Is heartburn associated with heart attacks?
No. But sometimes pain in the chest may be mistaken for heartburn when it’s really a sign of heart disease. If you have any of the symptoms of mentioned below, call your doctor.
Call your doctor if:
- You have trouble swallowing or pain when swallowing.
- You’re vomiting blood.
- Your stools are bloody or black.
- You’re short of breath.
- You’re dizzy or lightheaded.
- You have pain going into your neck and shoulder.
- You break out in a sweat when you have pain in your chest.
- You have heartburn often (more than 3 times a week) for more than 2 weeks
Natural/Home Remedies for Heartburn & Severe Acid Reflux
- Baking Soda
This can help put an end to the gnawing, burning, sensation of heartburn caused by acid reflux. Baking soda, as sodium bicarbonate is more commonly known, can help your reflux and in turn help your heartburn because it is a base substance. It has a pH higher than 7.0, and therefore neutralizes stomach acid. Neutralizing the stomach acid means that if/when your LES decides to be lazy and acid comes up your throat, you don’t get “burned.”
You will need
- 1/2 teaspoon or 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- A glass of fresh water
Mix either a teaspoon or 1 single teaspoon of baking soda into a glass of water that is no more than 8 ounces. Give it a good stir and drink all of the mixture. You can repeat this as needed but should not exceed seven teaspoon doses in a 24 hour period. Also, avoid using this as a remedy for more than a week straight, as it is high in salt and can have side effects such as swelling or nausea.
- Soothe your stomach with aloe juice
Aloe is a plant used to soothe burns, and people often think of using it to help something like sunburn, but it can do more than that. It may be able to help with heartburn too because it reduces inflammation. This means when your tummy starts getting irritated and inflamed, or your oesophagus is getting eaten away at, a nice glass of Aloe Vera juice may be just the thing to help calm it down.
You will need
- 1/2 cup Aloe Vera juice
Drink a cup of aloe juice, cool or room temperature, before meals. Keep in mind that aloe can act as a laxative, so unless you are looking to fit in a few extra bathroom Sudoku puzzles, look for a brand that has the laxative component removed.
- Eat a banana or an apple
Bananas contain natural antacids that can act as a buffer against acid reflux. If you want to try out the simplest home remedies for heartburn first, try letting a few bananas ripen up nicely and eating one every day. Another option is to try an apple a day. Slice one up and eat it a couple of hours before bedtime to relieve or prevent discomfort.
- Make Gingerroot Tea
Gingerroot can help ease up a number of stomach woes, from nausea to acid reflux. Sipping a cup of fresh tea about 20 minutes before a meal can help calm down your tummy and act as an acid buffer.
You will need:
- 3 quarter sized slices of gingerroot
- 2 cups of water
Slice up 3 quarter sized pieces of gingerroot and simmer gently in 2 cups of water, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the ginger pieces, or leave them in, pour into a glass, and drink all of it about 20 minutes before a meal.
- Smoking+Alcohol=Heart on Fire !!
Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol can set you up for terrible reflux. The nicotine and alcohol both work to weaken your LES, making it that much easier for stomach contents and acid to splash up into your oesophagus. Alcohol is also going to irritate your stomach in general. The solution? Quit smoking, and drink less alcohol (if at all.) Doing both will improve your health overall, in addition to relieving acid reflux.
Mustard is an alkalizing food that is full of minerals, and contains a weak acid in the form of vinegar. Consuming mustard straight, while it may make you grimace at first, may ultimately end up making your smile. Because of its alkaline properties, it will help neutralize the acid that may come creeping up your throat, and therefore may neutralize the pain of acid reflux. It seems to be the most helpful if you’re feeling a bout of heartburn creeping up, or if you’re in the midst of one.
You will need
- 1 teaspoon of good quality yellow mustard
Muster up some courage, and just take that little sucker straight.
“Anger is an Acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured”- Mark Twain
*It feels so sweet to have a healthier heart beat*