How to Prevent and Treat Heartburn and Stomach Ache
Heartburn is something that most people do not like to talk about, although many have a problem with it. It can occur in a very mild form with some people, while others almost daily have problems with it. But, it can be certain predictor of more severe disease, and therefore need to ask for medical help.
People who suffer of this kind of disease usually know what kind of food they should not eat.
Unfortunately, there is no medicine or surgery that would solve the problem at all, but they can recognize and avoid food causing trigger heartburn.
The penetration of acid into the esophagus
What is actually heartburn? This phenomenon is when stomach acid rises from the stomach into the esophagus, causing pain and burning. Muscle, called the lower esophageal sphincter usually prevents stomach acid into the esophagus. In case of heartburn, acid enters the esophagus, and this condition is called reflux.
As we have mentioned some foods can cause of acid into the esophagus, as well as over-consumption of food. Pregnant women often suffer from heartburn, and persons with a hernia. Beside foods, medications can trigger or intensify heartburn, such as aspirin, antibiotics, antidepressants and sedatives. But whatever the cause was what matters most is how to mitigate or ultimately prevent.
As soon as you feel that you begin with heartburn, the first thing you can do is drink a glass of water to rinse the acid in the esophagus.
To facilitate heartburn, put in a cup of boiling water a teaspoon fresh chopped ginger. After 10 minutes, strain it and drink it. Ginger will help you to relax the walls of the esophagus, which will prevent lifting acid.
Also, you can prepare a tea of aniseed or cumin or fennel. Add two teaspoons of some of these seeds in boiling water and leave for 10 minutes to soak, then strain and you can drink the tea. It is ideal for stomach problems.
In Ayurvedic medicine recommended is the tea of crushed cinnamon. You can put one teaspoon in a cup of boiling water, wait for 10 minutes, and after that you can strain it and drink it.
If your heartburn is not a common problem then adopt a couple of following tips:
- Take fewer portions. Do not eat a lot while having a meal. It is better to eat more often, but less. If you eat much the pressure will be higher, which could cause heartburn.
- Eat slowly and chew food well. If you chew food thoroughly, easier and quicker you digest it.
- Do not eat spicy or overly fatty foods. Very spicy or greasy foods cause heartburn and stronger.
- Avoid drinking during meals. Drinking during feeding will cause the stomach even more spread out and it is possible to lift causing the stomach contents into the esophagus. Drink potions between meals.
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