If you are a foodie, regular heartburn can ruin all the pleasure you get from your meals. Moreover, getting it often enough signals something is off in your body. Find out why you get heartburn and how to get rid of it.
Besides the actual burning, you may also experience other highly unpleasant symptoms, such as bloating, aches in your stomach or heart area and even bloody vomiting! You may also have a sour taste in your mouth, which annihilates the taste of your favorite food. If you do not pay attention to it timely, you may develop nausea, lasting hiccups, rapid weight loss, and even ongoing throat soreness.
Once you swallow the food, it gets into your esophagus. Then it moves down to your stomach to be processed and treated with acid there. That is the normal flow, but at times your belly muscle gets too relaxed and the flow reverses. That is when the acid gets into your esophagus and causes the burning sensation there.
This is the cause of occasional heartburn. If you get it often enough, you may have something called hiatal hernia. It causes your sphincter (the muscle between the esophagus and stomach) to weaken. This way the acid regularly leaks up.
Now, what are some things you do that cause excessive burning?
Here is a short list of things that may boost it:
- Eating fatty food
- Eating before the sleep
- Eating spicy food or acidic vegetables
- Consuming much coffee and tea
Heartburn treatment and prevention
If you wish to prevent this unpleasant thing, you should stop eating right before the bed. Eat and let several hours pass by. Do not lie down right after the meal. Quit smoking or drinking and reduce the amount of tea and coffee you consume. Limit the amount of fatty or spice foods you eat. And get smaller portions of food. It’s better to have 5 smaller meals a day than 2-3 large ones.
Plus, you may take some medicine to get rid of the heartburn, such as Antacids or Proton pump inhibitors.
As you may see, you can prevent or treat the heartburn by changing your lifestyle.