In this article we will try and help you learn how to get rid of heartburn. It is believed that every human being at least once in the course of his or her lifetime encounters this highly annoying medical condition. Heartburn can be described as a burning sensation in the chest, caused by bad regulation of gastric acid.
The causes for heartburn occurrence can be various, starting with bad eating habits, through consummation of alcohol, cigarettes, poor nutrition (rich with chocolate, caffeine, garlic) up to some medical conditions such as hiatal hernia, diabetes and pregnancy.
Prolonged use of some medications from the group of nitrate and antihistamines can also cause heartburn.
So, is there anything that you can do to prevent and get rid of heartburn? The answer is yes.
You will have to cut back on alcohol, coffee and cigarettes, avoid spicy food, citrus fruit and juices, tomato and tomato sauce, eat slowly and chew your food for a change.
Once the symptoms start, you can relieve heartburn if you stand upright, avoid bending, straining, lifting heavy stuff, coughing and wearing tight clothes. Any pressure on your chest can just make things worse.
How to relieve your heartburn
In order to relieve your heartburn, and even get rid of it, you may want to try some of the following home remedies, which are proven to be highly efficient for treating heartburn, and yet have no side effects that you should worry about.
The first one is, believe it or not, her highness the chewing gum. It is proven that prolonged chewing helps the production of saliva, which again brings relief in cases of heartburn. It’s cheap, easy and you can do it anywhere. It also increases the PH of saliva and in this way aids the digestion. Again, proper digestion helps in reducing and getting rid of heartburn.
The second one is vinegar, a remedy which is cheap and easy to find in almost every house. It sounds silly since acetic acid is its basic ingredient, but it actually works. How can more acid prevent problems with already too much acid?
It seems that our body, being a complex machine as it is, has its own defense mechanism against heartburn. If gastric acid rises too much up the food pipe (esophagus), our brain sends signals to salivary glands and they start producing huge amounts of saliva. And what can be higher up the food pipe than our mouth?
So, a sip or two of vinegar will trick the brain, and the saliva will bring you comfort. But, you might want to skip this one if you are a diabetic, it can cause problems with the insulin level.
There are many other home remedies which are widely used to get rid of heartburn, yet are less effective than these two mentioned above. Baking soda is very popular, but it has some unwanted side effects. Then, there are bed wedge pillows, which may help you ease heartburn, but also cause you spinal deformity if used over a long period of time.
Chewing celery may help, if you like it more than a chewing gum.
Some say that protein shakes in the morning can prevent morning bursts of heartburn.
Mustard can really help, since it contains vinegar, and it would be best to include it into your cooking.
Fennel seed oil is also great and cheap too. It can also become a part of your culinary opus.
If the heartburn continues to bother you even after these changes in your lifestyle and the diet doesn’t help, you may need to consult a doctor, and ask for some medication which will ease your pain and help you get rid of heartburn.
There are various drugs on the market (antacids and proton pump inhibitors) and they can bring you relief, but a long term use of those drugs can harm your health and bring you even greater problems, for in the long run they all have some serious side effects.
Considering the fact that the acid has probably caused some damage to your body, the best and permanent way to get rid of heartburn and the constant pain it entails is a surgical procedure.