Heartburn Attacks


Heartburn - a burning sensation behind the breastbone.

Having heartburn attacks is one of the many manifestations of indigestion. Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is any condition in which you might feel any thing from having heartburn, a rumbling stomach, feeling bloated, suffer from abdominal cramps, wind, nausea and even vomiting all of which could be accompanied by heartburn. Heartburn is best described as a burning sensation behind the breastbone that can last a few minutes, an hour or more and can even be as intense as the feelings associated with an angina attack.

What is heartburn

Too much festive food can cause heartburn.

Heartburn, like any form of indigestion, is simply caused by the bodys inability to digest food properly given rise to the feelings of discomfort in the upper abdomen, mentioned above. Indigestion, and heartburn, in particular is most frequently brought on by eating very rich, spicy or fatty foods such as we do during festive periods, when we all tend to eat more than usual and eat foods that we do not usually have in our diets. The proper digestion of food requires the stomach to produce more than a liter of Hydrochloric Acid a day; if that acid is able to move up into up the esophagus, the tube connecting the throat and stomach, heartburn will arise. Whilst the stomach itself is protected from the acid by a mucous lining the esophagus is unprotected, which gives rise to the heartburn. The acid causing the heartburn attacks rises into the esophagus when the lower esophagus sphincter muscle fails to close after food has entered the stomach.

Other factors that contribute to heartburn

Don’t wear clothes that are too tight for you.

Don’t wear clothes that are too tight for you.

So, why is it that the esophagus sphincter might fail to close? If the esophagus sphincter is a muscle then like any muscle in our bodies it can be susceptible to accidental damage due to having strain put upon it. To that end being obese, and even overweight, can strain the esophageal sphincter to the point where it can no longer work effectively. Unfortunately, pregnant women often experience heartburn attacks as, during their pregnancy their internal muscles, and especially those concerned with the stomach and digestion, are subjected to abnormal pressures. As food is travelling down the esophagus the saliva generated in your mouth works to neutralize any acids being produced. Smoking tobacco will upset his natural body balance and dry up the saliva reducing its effectiveness, whilst also weaken the sphincter itself. Regarding festive celebrations when heartburn can be a particular problem for anyone dont eat clothes that are too tight around the stomach as they will add pressure to the abdomen, while over eating will also over stimulate the production of stomach acid meaning it could more easily reflux into the esophagus.

Supplements that battle heartburn

Calcium Carbonate tablets - the best cure for heartburn.

Calcium Carbonate tablets - the best cure for heartburn.

If you think you might suffer from heartburn attacks this festive season what health supplements should you have in ready to use? The most common supplement to fight heartburn is a mineral supplement Calcium Carbonate. Readily available as chewable tablets Calcium Carbonate, being alkaline in nature, is an extremely quick and effective antacid treatment for heartburn. Take 2 tablets as and when required. If the heartburn is accompanied by other abdominal discomfort, often caused by the over stimulation of the stomach acid in the first place, taking liquorices is recommended. Liquorice is known to soothe the mucous lining the stomach against the effects of the acid bring relief to the sufferer. Look for Liquorice DGL chewable tablets, these are deglycyrrhinised and you should take 2 tablets 3 or 4 times a day between meals while the symptoms persist. To generally soothe the esophagus after an attack of heartburn drink half a cup of Aloe Vera juice between meals. To help the lower esophagus sphincter to relax chocolate, peppermint, coffee and even orange juice drinks should help to bring relief.

Heartburn warnings

Make sure your heartburn attack isn’t something more serious.

For the vast majority of people an attack of heartburn will quickly pass with the simple treatments outlined above. Before trying any of the above suggestions, do read the instructions on the health supplements packaging carefully to be sure that they are suitable for you. As a heartburn attack can be severe, you should see your doctor if you are in any doubt as to the cause of the pain, if it recurs more than twice a week, if you have difficulty swallowing food, are vomiting or passing black stools. Not only can heartburn attacks feel similar angina attacks, which need medical attention, but they can even mask the symptoms of a cardiac arrest. Should you experience a crushing rather than burning sensation, shortness of breath, dizziness, sweating or pain moving from your arm to jaw get medical help immediately!

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