Millions of people suffer from a condition referred to as a heartburn on a daily basis. Although a majority of us do suffer from minor cases of heartburn, it’s good considering the fact that this is a condition that can cause a nuisance and become a hindrance to our normal daily activities.
Never forget that heartburn is a lifestyle disease and the cause is basically poor lifestyle and poor eating habits. People suffering from heartburn either eat very fast or eat the wrong kind of foods.
You need to first of all understand that heartburn is a condition of digestion. Despite what it’s called and what is usually felt during a heartburn episode, it’s not related to the heart in any way.
Heartburn occurs when the acid in the stomach contacts the esophagus of a person. Remember that the stomach acid has the ability of travelling up back in our bodies. When the acid contacts the esophagus, this causes an irritation and a burning sensation is therefore felt starting in a person’s diaphragm up to the chest and this is basically what many people refer to as heartburn. This is an unpleasant feeling and you must know how to prevent it in order to continually lead a normal life with a healthy body. Do that in the following ways;
- Avoid taking large meals- Instead of having three large meals in a day, you should try taking up the habit of eating six meals that are smaller. This helps in keeping the production of stomach acid at a minimum which limits the likelihood of having a heartburn.
- Loose that weight- If you know that you are overweight, try losing some weight. When the midsection has too much fat it means that there is too much pressure exerted on the stomach. When too much pressure is exerted on the stomach, this forces the acid to go up from the stomach to the esophagus. This is the reason as to why someone needs to lose weight.
- Drink plenty of water- Instead of consuming plenty of carbonated drinks like a majority of us do, we should try drinking a lot of water. The amount of gas in the body is increased when we drink carbonated drinks which in the aftermath puts unnecessary pressure on the stomach. Water on the other hand doesn’t and it helps in flushing the stomach acid down.
- Quit smoking- You should have it in your mind that the nicotine found in cigarettes prevent the proper functioning of the LES (lower esophageal sphincter). The function of the LES is acting as a valve separating the stomach acid and the oesophagus.
- Avoid big dinners- Ensure to only have a light meal before going to bed, preferably, salad, soup or a sandwich. This makes digestion easy as the stomach is light. Carbohydrates and food that is starch based also helps in neutralizing stomach acid.
- Proper posture when and after eating- This helps in minimizing the pressure that can be exerted due to bad posture which in turn prevents stomach acid from going up the esophagus.