What is Heartburn ?
Heartburn, also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion is a
burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone or in
the epigastrium. The pain often rises in the chest and may
radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw.
Heartburn is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric
acid (gastric reflux) which is the major symptom of
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It however may also be a
symptom of ischemic heart disease so concluding that it is
gastroesophageal reflux disease prematurely may lead to
- Unnecessary pressure on digestive tract.
- Certain antidepressants and sedatives.
- Sleep disorder.
- Rich and spicy foods.
- A burning feeling in your chest just behind the breastbone.
- The sensation of pressure or pain just behind your breastbone.
- Feeling like food is ‘sticking’ in your chest or throat.
- Burping and or bloating.
- A sour or acid taste in the back of the throat.
- Discomfort that gets worse after eating, lying down or bending over.
Heartburn Prevention :
- Try to avoid or at least cut down on medication that you know can trigger heartburn. Speak to your doctor about a list of medications that can cause heartburn and steer clear of them.
- Do not wear tight clothing.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Get enough sleep, at least 7 hours a night and more whenever possible. Making up for lack of sleep on the weekend is not a good strategy. Try sleeping properly every night.
- Eat a well-balanced meal with minimal spices; avoid fried foods, fatty foods and caffeine.
- Quit smoking.
- Minimize alcohol intake. If possible, do not drink alcohol at all.
- Increase your intake of water throughout the day. Try for at least a liter a day. Break this up into a glass of water every couple of hours if the idea of a liter is too intimidating.
- Avoid binge eating as it puts too much stress on your digestive system and can lead to heartburn.
Heartburn Home Remedies:
- Peppermint (Pudina): Boil peppermint leaves in a bowl of water for 4-6 minutes and strain the leave. Add honey to taste and take a sip of peppermint tea slowly.
- Papaya: Eat fresh Papaya or drink Papaya juice as Papaya is a natural heartburn remedy.
- Banana: Bananas act as a natural antacid in the body easing heartburn.
- Almonds: Chew few almonds when you experience heartburn.
- Ginger: Ginger root with honey taken after meal is effective for treating heartburn.
- Buttermilk: Buttermilk is a common home remedy for heartburn sufferers. It is said to be an acid reliever that help soothe your stomach. Regular milk is known to create more acid in your stomach, buttermilk does just the opposite.
- Apple: Apples are very good for heartburn relief. They're supposed to help ease the burning sensation that you feel your stomach from heartburn.