Understanding Heart Burn and Acid Reflux

Relationship between Heart burn and Acid Reflux

Heartburn is the burning sensation felt in the chest or throat as stomach acid travels up to oesophagus. Experiencing this more than twice in a week may be considered GERD (GastroEsophagal Reflux Disease).

On the other hand, Acid Reflux is the actual flow of acids from the stomach crawling back into the oesophagus. This travel of acid is what causes one to feel heartburn. 

Heartburn is the sensation when you have Acid Reflux

How to check if you have acid reflux?

There are many known signs and symptoms of Acid Reflux. If you are experiencing two or more of the following symptoms you are likely to be suffering from acid reflux.

  • Frequent heartburn sensation
  • Frequent an unpleasant sour to bitter taste in your mouth (caused by stomach acid)
  • a cough or hiccups that keep coming back
  • a hoarse voice
  • bad breath
  • bloated feeling

What are the causes of heartburn and acid reflux?

  • Digestive Tract conditions – ex. Hiatal hernia makes acid travel easier into the esophagus
  • pregnancy – Increased levels of hormones and the pressure from the growing fetus affect acid flow in the stomach.
  • Regular smoking increases the risk of developing acid reflux as it damages the mucus membrane of the oesophagus, impairs the muscle reflexes around the throat, increases acid secretion, and impacts saliva secretion.
  • Some irritating beverage such as coffee, alcohol, soda, chocolate also contribute to the mechanism of acid reflux. Eating too much of highly acidic, fatty and spicy foods can also irritate the stomach.
  • Being overweight
  • Stress and Anxiety levels –
  • Prolonged and improper intake of medicines such as Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAID’s) also worsen the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.

How you can ease heartburn and acid reflux?

Changing one lifestyle habit at a time can help stop or reduce the symptoms of heartburn..

DON’T

  • Don’t have foods or drinks that trigger your symptoms
  • Don’t eat before going to bed
  • Don’t wear clothes that are extremely tight around your waist
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol

DO

  • Eat small frequent feedings – doing so decreases the bulk of food consumed per meal.
  • Make sure to have your head inclined by 10 -20 cm higher than your waist to prevent gastric acid flow towards throat.
  • raise one end of your bed 10 to 20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress
  • Maintain healthy and normal weight
  • Find time to relax and rest
  • Exercise Regularly
  • Consult your doctor regularly and follow doctor’s drug instructions
  • Eat healthy and balanced meals on time
  • Drink sufficient fluids that are neutral in Ph such as Aloe Inner Leaf Juice*

See how Aloe Vera can be an effective Acid Reflux Treatment here.

*Studies have found that the juice effectively reduced the symptoms of acid reflux as well as certain traditional medication without any reported side effects. In some instances, the juice was more effective than traditional medication. Researchers concluded that aloe vera may work by reducing acid production and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent.

References: www.nhs.uk & http://www.webmd.com


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