What Should You Do About Constant Heartburn?
I do not think there is anyone out there who does not know what heartburn is. The bitter bile taste in the mouth, the burning sensation in your chest and the terrible bloated feeling that comes with heartburn has plagued everyone at one time or other. When this symptom occurs once in a while, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. However, when the occasional occurrence turns into constant heartburn, then you have something to worry about.
What Happens When You Get Heartburn?
Simply put, you regurgitate acid from stomach back into the esophagus, which not only makes one gag; it also gives a terrible burning sensation due to its acidic nature. When this happens, the lower esophagus sphincter (a lid that closes the lower stomach to prevent food and fluids flow back into the alimentary canal) malfunctions and opens to allow the acid reflux (or flowing back). This acid, depending upon its strength, can flow back sometimes right till the mouth, leaving behind a very vile taste and uncomfortable feeling.
When constant heartburn attacks you, you need to see a doctor as this is a serious health condition. The doctor will normally give you anti-reflux medicines and peppermint based alkaline compounds which when ingested can neutralize the acid in the stomach.
There are a few precautions that would help you greatly in combating constant heartburn, naturally. Check out the following remedies and see whether you can get rid of your constant heartburn using any of the following advice:
Eat healthy meals, particularly those that include plenty of fiber and lots of fluids. Eat smaller meals at regular intervals, instead of large meals at big intervals. Avoid lying down and going to sleep immediately after food. Give your food one or two hours before to digest before you go to bed.
Do not exercise immediately following a meal. Keep at least one hour between your meal and your gym regime. Take extra care to stay within a normal weight range for your height and gender. Overweight people have more problems with constant heartburn.
Avoid at all costs foods that may be instrumental in provoking constant heartburn, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, tomato, chocolate, aerated drinks, and tobacco and so on.
If you are prone to get constant heartburn attacks, do not wear tight clothing, because besides being uncomfortable, they prevent the proper flow of fluids in the body.