digestive disorders

March 7, 2011

Heartburn and Symptoms

Heartburn, by far, is one of the main symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and acid reflux. Heartburn symptoms are not to be expected of all people who suffer from acid reflux or GERD. Experiencing heartburn does not necessarily mean that these digestive conditions are present. The following symptoms of heartburn are the most common and suggest that GERD or acid reflux has already developed.

Burning Sensation (Throat): When gastric acid backup into the esophagus, this can create a painful, burning sensation in the throat, especially at the highest part of the neck. This feeling becomes more painful while eating or drinking.

Burning Sensation (Chest): The chest is usually the site where an intense burning sensation is felt. At the sternum and esophagus, you may feel acidic liquids burn and irritate these areas.

Chest Pain: This occurs often while experiencing heartburn. This symptom is typically triggered by physical maneuvers that include lying down, bending over or eating a heavy meal. Chest pain can be mild to severe, depending on the type of meal eaten, your weight and other factors.

Chronic Coughing: Some cases of heartburn encompass a chronic cough. This persistent cough is as a result of the acid that has refluxed into the esophagus. A chronic cough can be disruptive to everyday behaviors and lifestyle, sometimes limiting your function at work or socially.

Sore Throat/Hoarseness: A sore throat is another symptom of heartburn. The acid that reaches the throat from the stomach burns and forces the throat to become inflamed. This irritation discourages people from speaking or even eating certain foods, as it can be painful. If you are required to speak a lot in your profession or at home with your family, this can become very inconvenient.

Difficulty Swallowing: Dysphagia, a common condition, typically occurs in conjunction with heartburn. This condition includes difficulty in swallowing solid foods and causes you to feel like food has become lodged in your throat or esophagus. In severe circumstances, this may feel as though you are choking.

Bitter Taste: Stomach acid refluxes through the esophagus and into the throat. This creates a foul smelling odor within the mouth. The acid usually tastes bitter or sour, and can be unpleasant. The bitter and sour taste may prevent you from desiring certain foods. These foods can possibly taste terrible to you because of acid reflux.

The symptoms and occurrence of heartburn are sometimes mistaken as a signal of digestive disorders. There are circumstances in which chest pain reflects a cardiovascular problem, and could lead to a heart attack if not taken seriously, or assumed to be related to acid reflux. Although all these symptoms can alert you to the fact that you are experiencing heartburn, they do not all have to occur in order to for heartburn to be the cause.

If you are searching for a remedy for the many symptoms of heartburn, visit refluxremedy.com today and find out how you can naturally control and free yourself of this debilitating condition.

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December 29, 2010

Symptoms Acid Reflux Disease

Treating acid reflux symptoms can be dangerous if they keep you from taking care of the cause of it.

Medical researchers are just beginning to understand the root cause of acid reflux symptoms, whereas science has known the cause for literally thousands of years.

It goes unsaid that if medicine can’t cure your acid reflux it’s time to take a closer look at the science of healing digestive balance.

The Western approach tries to treat the symptoms of digestive imbalance because it is truly ignorant of what causes acid reflux and its complications.

There are plenty of misconceptions about digestive disorders like acid reflux . . . the biggest one is assuming your acid reflux is some kind of drug deficiency. Why else would millions of people pop useless antacids, such as Tums, while simple cases of heart burn inflame into acid rebound cases and then gastro-esophageal reflux diseases (GERD)?

Did you know the makers of TUMS just recalled 15,000,000 packages of the antacid because they are full of pieces of metal scrap and wood chips? Apparently someone is sweeping the shop floor and dumping the garbage into the antacid mix. Who knows what other mystery ingredients have been swept up in the process?

From a medical standpoint your acid reflux happens because the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), a muscle between the stomach and throat, relaxes and allows stomach acid to invade your throat, lung and mouth area, but they never tell you what causes this.

Because the medical industry depends on selling acid reflux sufferers their drugs to treat symptoms, they really don’t need to tell you what really causes acid reflux.

Explaining the mechanics of acid reflux is limiting medical treatment to the effects and never addressing the root cause.

For thousands of years, as long as civilization has been recorded, science has offered acid reflux sufferers the remedy for the underlying cause.

Simply remove the cause and the effects or symptoms vanish as if they never were.

Acid reflux symptoms turn into what the medical industry calls a disease, only because the real cause of the symptoms has been ignored and allowed to fester and complicate.

In fact, acid rebound is a man-made or should I say . . . a drug-made disease.

It’s well known that antacids like TUMS are gateway products for stronger medications that can lead you right down the path of degenerative diseases like hiatal-hernia, gastro-esophageal disease (GERD) and even throat cancer.

So remember . . . when you want to cure acid reflux follow the real science. If all you want is to treat the symptoms, then follow the money . . . it will lead you right to your pharmacist and maybe even the surgeon.

All great science is learned by observing nature . . .

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass

Health Advocate

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