Heartburn – causes and natural treatments

Do you regularly experience a burning feeling in your chest? Or do you have stomach acid leaking up in your throat? About 40% of adults experience problems with heartburn at least once a month and 10% every day.

90% of pregnant women are affected by heartburn during the latter part of the pregnancy. Another indication on how common it is, is to notice the sale of drugs that suppress gastric acid. They are among the best selling of all drugs.

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid leaks up into the esophagus. Since the esophagus does not have the same protection against the corrosive acid as the stomach has, it causes an irritation of the mucous membranes. This almost feel like burning in your chest or throat. If it leaks all the way up into your mouth you get acid reflux.

Usually, stomach acid is prevented from leaking into the esophagus by the lower esophageal sphincter. It's a muscle that sits right at the end of the esophagus, tensing shut when you don't swallow food. It only opens when food passes or when burping. But in some cases it is unable to keep tight, allowing leakage upwards. The more often it leaks more irritation build up in the sensitive lining of the esophagus.

Health Issues Connected To Heartburn And GERD

Some health issues has been found to be significantly more common in those who already suffer from heartburn or GERD. There seems to be a connection.

  • IBS: Irritable bowel syndrome
  • IBD: Inflammatory bowel disorder
  • Nausea
  • Asthma
  • Hoarseness
  • Dental issues
  • Dysfagia - trouble swalloing
  • Halitosis - bad breath

Common Questions About Heartburn

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Natural methods against heartburn