Heartburn Treatment

June 21, 2011

Food for Heartburn

Most of the time, the potent acids within the gastrointestinal tract perform their various functions discretely. It is when they decide to trek up the esophagus that they cause that painful, annoying burning sensation behind the sternum known as heartburn. Whether a symptom by itself or the result of acid reflux disease among other problems, heartburn can be caused and prevented by certain foods. A brief review of these foods and how they can quell or excite the pain can help immensely in deterring heartburn.

Although not the sole determinant, a high acid content is frequently present in foods that cause heartburn. This means lemons, oranges, and tomatoes, three of the most acidic foods available for human consumption, are very likely to cause heartburn to anyone even slightly inclined.

Aside from acid content as a qualifier, liquor has an interesting effect on the sphincter that allows food into the stomach. Drinking any kind of cocktail, especially when combined with any of acidic foods, forces the sphincter open to allow the acidic exchange that results in the heartburn sensation. Depending on how often one gets heartburn and if it is heartburn alone or a symptom of a more serious problem, alcohol is still an option in moderation.

On the topic of the stomach’s sphincter, there are mechanical stressors to be avoided as well, more an issue of pressure and less a chemical effect. Forced burping, for whatever reason, will agitate and possibly open the sphincter as liquor does. Consuming carbonated drinks will also build pressure in the stomach, leaving it no choice but to relieve the pressure through the stomach’s sphincter.

The ever-enigmatic effects of caffeine will also catalyze heartburn. Combined with chocolate, which actually weakens the stomach sphincter, there is very little chance of not suffering heartburn after having caffeine.

As there are heartburn-causing foods in virtually every food group, the best practice for heartburn sufferers to establish a diet regiment is to learn the safe alternatives by group. Fruit, for example, is dangerous as was mentioned in the arena of lemons, oranges and tomatoes. Apples and bananas, however, do not perpetuate any heartburn.

Among safe vegetables to eat are the green vegetables like green beans and peas, as well as carrots.

Meat is best approached with fat and acid content in mind, the prevailing premise being that neither of which help. Any relatively lean cut of beef, chicken or lamb with modest seasoning and oil is best. Most other lean meats are fine for consumption as well.

Bread is generally not a cause of heartburn so long as it is not accompanying a fatty or acidic chili dog or pizza you should be fine. Tomato sauce on pasta should be avoided at all costs, replaced by an ideally low-fat alternative.

A consolidated, comprehensive detailing of information on foods for heartburn is available to anyone who downloads the Reflux Remedy Report. Feel free to do so at refluxremedy.com today!

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June 16, 2011

Relief of Heartburn

There are many different factors that can trigger heartburn in an individual. Some people are also more susceptible to heartburn than others. Eating foods that are acidic will likely cause heartburn in many different individuals. Those who smoke cigarettes excessively and those who drink alcohol may also suffer from heartburn more than those who do not drink or smoke. In many instances, women who are pregnant will experience more heartburn during their pregnancy then they typically would if they were not pregnant. The reason pregnant women commonly suffer from heartburn during their pregnancy is because of the added pressure. People who suffer from certain medical conditions may also be more likely to suffer from heartburn.

The best way for an individual to avoid heartburn is to prevent it. There are several ways for an individual to try to prevent heartburn. One of the most essential ways to avoid heartburn is to alter eating habits. Because foods that are acidic can cause severe heartburn, avoiding these foods can help to prevent heartburn. Foods that are greasy and fried may also contribute to heartburn. If an individual wants to work on avoiding heartburn, they should begin maintaining a much healthier diet. Carbonated beverages such as soda should also be avoided in order to prevent the heartburn.

Another way to help reduce the heartburn from occurring is to lose weight. Studies prove that individuals who are overweight are more likely to suffer from heartburn because of the extra pressure caused by the weight. By losing weight, an individual will be able to reduce their heartburn. Maintaining a healthy diet is not only good in reducing the heartburn, it is also helps the individual to shed a few pounds. Shedding just a few pounds each month can reduce the heartburn dramatically.

For women who are pregnant, it may not be feasible to lose weight in order to reduce the heartburn. However, pregnant women can work to avoid heartburn by avoiding any foods that trigger their heartburn. In many pregnant women, spicy foods may trigger severe heartburn. The best way to avoid the heartburn while pregnant is to figure out what kinds of foods trigger the heartburn and then avoid eating them all together. A pregnant woman should also be drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Eight glasses of water each day is an ideal amount of water to consume.

People who are stressed on a daily basis are also more likely to suffer from heartburn than others. In instances such as these, the individual should work on healthier ways to manage the stress. There are always stressful situations that will occur during a lifetime. Many people cope with stress by binging on greasy comfort foods and also by smoking cigarettes. Both cigarettes and greasy foods can make heartburn worse. These are not healthy solutions to dealing with stress. There are much healthier coping methods for stress that include exercise and meditation. For additional help with heartburn, download the Reflux Remedy Report at refluxremedy.com today!

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June 7, 2011

Acid Heartburn Indigestion

People who suffer from acid heartburn and indigestion can tell you how miserable it is. Many people take medication for it, but medication can have nasty side-effects that are sometimes worse than heartburn. Instead of taking medication, try these simple and natural ways to relieve and prevent acid heartburn and indigestion.

Do not lie down after eating

If you lie down after eating, you increase the risk of getting heartburn. For this reason, it is best to eat a couple of hours before going to bed. If, however, you do lie down after eating, find a way to elevate your body so you’re not laying flat.

Drink dissolved baking soda

Dissolve a bit of baking soda into water and drink it. Baking soda can provide relief from acid heartburn, but remember to read the box for any words of warning.

Don’t eat a lot

Many people eat large dinners to compensate for missed meals. However, eating too much food can cause your stomach acid to overwork and cause heartburn. It’s best to eat many small meals throughout the day. Doing this will help you manage your acid heartburn and indigestion as well as your weight.

Monitor your diet

Spicy foods and fried foods easily cause heartburn, so avoid these foods if possible. Other foods that contribute to heartburn include garlic, tomatoes, citrus, and alcohol. It is not necessary to eliminate them from your diet; however, it is necessary to monitor how much of these foods you eat.

Exercise more often

You can prevent future heartburn by exercising. Exercising keeps your body functioning properly, and it also helps you burn stored fat and calories. Stored calories are a contributing factor to heartburn, so it is good to burn them with exercises.

These simple tips will help you prevent or relieve heartburn symptoms. Most of these tips are not hard to incorporate in your daily routine. It only takes a little effort to prevent acid heartburn and indigestion.

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Helicobacter Pylori Prevention and Treatment

While transmission of Helicobacter pylori is not fully understood, studies show it is likely passed from person to person, and often enter the esophagus and stomach through foods or liquids contaminated with the microbe. Once inside, they use their long flagella to enter the mucoid lining of the stomach. The mucoid lining of the stomach protects the stomach cells from the harsh acid environment necessary for digestion, but also protects the helicobacter pylori microbe once it has attached. Helicobacter pylori weaken the mucous lining of the stomach, increasing the probability of irritation of stomach cells by the stomach acid, resulting in ulcers and acid reflux, among other symptoms.

More prevalent in developing countries, helicobacter pylori infects 50% of the world’s population, and is becoming increasingly prevalent in western society. Of those affected, a surprising 80% do not present symptoms. Those that are affected suffer symptoms that include but are not limited to stomach ache, vomiting, acid reflux, and flatulence. If untreated, the infection can progress to cause stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and even stomach and esophagus cancers.

Modern medicine has produced limited results in treating Helicobacter pylori gastritis. Diet, nutrition and exercise have been somewhat more promising in control of the disease and its symptoms, but more importantly, it’s prevention. Recent studies show that consuming as little as 70 grams of broccoli sprouts per day can reduce the number of helicobacter pylori colonies in humans by as much as 40%, greatly reducing symptoms. However, when the diet of broccoli sprouts is ceased, colony numbers quickly increase and symptoms once again present themselves. The Asian diet staple kimchi was recently shown to contain bacteria that protects against Helicobacter pylori. Green tea was shown to ease inflammation associated with helicobacter pylori gastritis. Exercise has shown to indirectly prevent ulcers by decreasing the amount of acid secretion at mealtimes. This decrease in acid secretion eases the discomfort felt by those already suffering from gastritis.

Proper diet, exercise, washing of hands, proper food preparation and drinking clean water are healthy, easy techniques to both prevent and ease the symptoms of helicobacter pylori gastritis.

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