It sounds like it has something to with the heart, but heartburn has no relation with it. It is so named because its symptoms are like that of a heart attack. It is basically an irritation in the food pipe caused by the acid in the stomach. Acid reflux, on the other hand, is a more complex problem. It is the inflammation of the food pipe because of the presence of acids. There is a high chance in case of acid reflux, for the inner lining of the esophagus to rupture. This causes bleeding and burning pain. Heartburn is one of the main symptoms of acid reflux.
What exactly is the cause?
Heartburn is a symptom of GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). It is caused by the acid refluxing back into the esophagus. One of the main factors that cause such a condition is increased and unregulated production of acid in the stomach. But it’s not just that. Structural problems can also cause heartburn. Although heartburn and acid reflux sound very similar, the differences are not insignificant. Acid reflux can also be caused by a stomach abnormality called ‘Hiatal Hernia’.
How do our food habits and lifestyle matter here?
Besides food habits, our lifestyle also plays a huge role in acidity. Drinking beverages such as coffee, alcohol or even tea excessively can cause heartburns. Being obese also contributes to acid refluxes. Apart from that, eating spicy food frequently also increases the tendencies of GERD. There’s one habit that a lot of us have but aren’t aware of the consequences. Sleeping or lying down right after a heavy meal. Heavy meals make us drowsy, very true, but it important that we resist the urge to lie down right after we sleep for at least 45 minutes.
Although these conditions are extremely common and are nothing to worry about, prolonged symptoms should not be ignored. Any condition is cured best when treated early. So here are a few remedies that can help cure these extremely uncomfortable situations.
Ever thought that your favorite mustard sauce could make it to this list? Well, it has, thanks to the minerals and vinegar content in it which is alkaline in nature and can neutralize the acids splashing up due to GERD. Take a tablespoon of good quality, organic, yellow mustard when you are in a bout of acid reflux.
It contains probiotics, which apart from being excellent for your health, help to balance your stomach acids. There are certain harmful bacteria like H Pylori, which can trigger and cause acid reflux. The good bacteria in probiotics remove such bacteria and reduce the scope for infections.
As an alkaline drink, carrot juice can soothe the stomach and relieve you from heartburn. Therefore, include it in your GERD-friendly diet.
The high fiber content in oatmeal improves cardiovascular and intestinal health and decreases constipation. A hot bowl of oatmeal with low-fat milk will also keep you full for a long time. This way, you won’t overeat and thus have fewer chances of an acid reflux attack.
However outrageous it may sound, this spicy, aroma inducing root can cure heartburn, whatever form it may be taken in. Tea, powdered, pickled, raw, you name it. Its anti-inflammatory property calms the nerves while countering the acid action. For best results in case of acid reflux, boil crushed ginger in a cup of water and drink it after your meal.
Foods rich in vitamin C
Apart from being amazing for the skin, vitamin C also keeps acidity at bay with its antioxidant’s antihistamines. Vitamin C is found in fruits such as lemons, oranges and even Amla (Indian Gooseberry).
The pleasant chamomile tea that is known for reducing stress has plenty of other healing properties. One of them is curing digestive issues. It has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm the stomach and thus providing relief during heartburns. Stir some chamomile petals into boiled water, allow it to simmer for a minute and then filter the tea. Add honey or lemon for some flavor.
Another kitchen must have, turmeric has been used as an alternative since ages. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that its anti-inflammatory properties make it an excellent remedy for curing heartburns, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers.
Remember when you drank it for the first time and were amazed at how something that tasted this spicy could calm your stomach? Jeera (cumin), the inevitable spice in every Indian kitchen is more than just that. It helps fight acidity and thus provides a soothing effect on the stomach.
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