Heartburn is actually a symptom of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), and is caused by acid refluxing back into the esophagus. Risk factors include those that increase the production of acid in the stomach, as well as structural problems that allow acid reflux into the esophagus.
With gravity’s help, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, keeps stomach acid in the stomach. If the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) opens too often or does not close tight enough, stomach acid can reflux, or seep, into the esophagus and cause the burning sensation. Occasional heartburn isn’t dangerous, but chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can sometimes lead to serious problems.
Most patients bear a burning feeling in the chest that occurs after eating. So Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. This can create a burning discomfort in the upper abdomen or below the breast bone.
What are Ways to Treat Heartburn?
1. Have you thought about how much fiber you get in a day?
Unfortunately for most of us eating healthy means going to Pita Pit or subway for lunch. Heck Tim Horton’s is thought of as a healthy restaurant these days when your alternative is A&W or McDonald’s. The thing is that processed food doesn’t deliver in the fiber department and lets face it were more concerned about how much fat and how much sugar is in the food were eating. The truth is the single easiest way with the least amount of effort and best results at calming your heartburn is to add 1 tablespoon of psyllium fiber to your diet in a glass of water. Added bonus is 1 tablespoon of psyllium fiber is also the single easiest way to loose weight with the least amount of effort.
2. How much raw food do you eat?
Do you know why Vegans eat a completely raw food diet? Because cooked foods take longer to digest and clog up your digestive system. I was not a vegan or a vegetarian but I became one and did took a look at the amount of food in my diet that is cooked and raw. I can tell you without a doubt 99% of what I ate was cooked. I very rarely ate cucumber, kale, spinach, oranges, apples, grapes, avocado’s, and cauliflower now they make up over half my diet. If your serious about making improvements and relieving heartburn I recommend 51% or more of what you eat be raw food.
3. High Fructose corn syrup?
The average person consumes about 60 pounds of this stuff a year and 90% of us have some sort of reaction after we consume even small amounts of it. Making a list of what to avoid is a daunting task, your much better off to search for food with no HFCS.
4. Vitamin D
Calcium is used to transmit signals in your digestive tract, the nerves have to communicate to regulate your digestion and Vitamin D controls how the body absorbs calcium. Without enough Vitamin D the stomach doesn’t work properly resulting in acid reflux and GERD. Its estimated that over half of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.
5. Drink Water First thing in the morning
The last thing you should put into your stomach first thing in the morning is coffee. Rinsing the body out first thing helps with digestion through the whole day. The body can even absorb nutrients better with a rinse.