Heartburn is a sense of discomfort or burning under the chest that is spreading upwards, sometimes to the neck. It appears periodically, mostly during the meal or physical exercise when leaning or just while you’re lying. It is caused by acid that enters the stomach through alkaline environment of the esophagus. In most cases this occurrence means that there is an increasing level of acidity of gastric juice.
So, how to get rid of heartburn? The best ways to do it are: proper diet, medicine that helps to reduce the acid level inside the stomach, drinking alkaline mineral waters and unorthodox ways (each nation has its own).
Normally, the esophagus has an alkaline environment and is protected against the acid inside the stomach through the esophageal sphincter. Sphincter is a muscle that teases the path from esophagus. It also teases the path between the stomach and esophagus and does not let the stomach’s contents to get back. This muscle is not developed well in nurslings, which is why they often have regurgitation. Besides the sphincter, the esophagus is also protected by the diaphragm – it embraces the path inside the stomach “helping” the sphincter to hold acid within the stomach’s borders. When some “aggressive” content gets from the stomach and into the esophagus, it causes heartburn in completely healthy people. Although periodical appearance of such symptoms does not necessarily mean that you have some disease.
Surely, running to the nearest drugstore and buying only these two remedies may help you, but consulting with a doctor or a pharmacist will be of better use. Consulting with a specialist may help you to get rid of heartburn fast, but a proper diet has lesser impact on your system.
When medicine fails, some people refer to unorthodox ways of treatment.
As you can see there are many ways to get rid of heartburn, starting from diet and finishing with herbs. All those ways helped people, but there is no sense in trying them all at once. Now that you know how to get rid of heartburn, you’ll know what will help.
If you are uncertain, please consult a doctor for your own sake.