November 1, 2011
Living with Severe Heartburn
Severe heartburn, also called Acid Reflux disease, occurs when acid from your stomach regurgitates into your esophagus and essentially leaves you with a burning sensation in your throat and chest and a sour taste in your mouth. Heartburn that is severe and chronic is not only painful but it can be dangerous to your health as well. If left untreated or under-treated, severe heartburn can cause ulcers in your stomach and esophagus, a Hiatal Herrera, damage to the esophagus’ tissue and can even lead to cancer in the esophagus.
Living with severe heartburn can be overwhelming at times and can be debilitating as well. The pain and discomfort can prevent you from normal day to day activities and cause sleepless nights. When you are having an episode of severe heartburn, the pain can be very intense and can last for several hours. Antacids such as Tums or Maalox can help alleviate the immediate pain and discomfort but these medicines will not cure heartburn or help to heal the damage it causes. Many times, laying down in bed causes the stomach acid to regurgitate and triggers heartburn, especially after a large or spicy meal. Placing several pillows under your head to prop you up can help relieve some of the symptoms but will not do anything to actually heal the condition.
Adjusting your diet can help ward off severe heartburn attacks. Eating several smaller meals each day instead of three large meals will help to ward off heartburn attacks. Your body can more easily digest smaller meals than a big, heavy meal. Cutting down on alcohol, coffee, tea and spicy foods will also help cut down on the amount of severe heartburn attacks and the severity of them. However, no matter how healthy your diet, or how strict you are at cutting out these trigger foods, you will not be able to heal the damage that is done to your stomach and esophagus.
Adjusting your lifestyle can also help reduce the amount of heartburn attacks you suffer as well as the severity of those attacks. Moderate exercise, especially focusing on your core muscles, will build strong healthy tissue and muscles in your stomach and surrounding area. A stronger core will likely reduce the frequency of your heartburn. Also, if you are a smoker, quit. There have been numerous studies done on the adverse affects of smoking and heartburn is included. Smoking has a direct affect on your stomach regurgitating partially digested food back into the esophagus, causing severe heartburn and further damage to your body. Again, adjusting your lifestyle will not cure your heartburn but may help in reliving your symptoms temporarily.
There is some good news for heartburn suffers. The good news is, you do not have to live with severe heartburn for the rest of your life. In fact, you can naturally manage your heartburn symptoms with one very simple food. Beyond that, you can actually cure your heartburn for good without expensive drugs. Visit Reflux Remedy at www.refluxremedy.com for more information on relieving heartburn today.