Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Signs and Symptoms of Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Heartburn is a condition in which the liquid content of the stomach backs up (refluxes) into the esophagus. The most common and persistent symptom of Heartburn is a burning sensation centered in the middle of the chest and/or throat, brought on by stomach acid that churns up onto the lining of the esophagus.
Acid Reflux, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a condition which has many symptoms that are similar to heartburn. In many cases, people suffering from Acid Reflux typically suffer from persistent heartburn two or more days per week. In the long term, this can be very serious since, over time, the reflux of stomach acid can erode or wear away the delicate esophagus lining. This can then lead to scar tissue, which causes swallowing problems. GERD has also been linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. However, some people have Acid Reflux without heartburn. In such cases, symptoms include chest pain, wheezing, coarseness in the throat, breathing problems, a bitter taste in the mouth, dry coughing, interrupted sleep, tightness in the throat, and halitosis or bad breath. Acid reflux can also lead to regurgitation of acid into the mouth, often due to overeating or bending down or going to bed right after a meal.
Causes of Acid Reflux
Just like other health conditions, there is not one specific cause of Acid Reflux and Heartburn. However, a malfunction of a band of muscle tissue called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) can ultimately lead to many of the problems and symptoms associated with Acid Reflux and Heartburn. The LES is a complex area of smooth muscles and various hormones, which is responsible for the opening and closing of the lower end of the esophagus when we eat and swallow. It normally keeps the stomach contents from regurgitating, but due to certain physical conditions it can weaken and lose its contraction control. If this happens, the LES fails to close up and cannot maintain the pressure barrier between stomach and esophagus. As a result, acid and pepsin from the stomach can back up and cause acidity and heartburn in the esophagus.
The most common causes of Acid Reflux and Heartburn include:
some antidepressants and sedatives
elevated hormone levels during pregnancy
eating before going to bed
eating large meals
slower emptying of the stomach
frequently eating greasy, fried, and fatty foods
drinking lots of bubbly (carbonated) beverages such as soda
diseases that weaken the esophageal muscle (such as scleroderma, mixed connective tissue disease, or hiatal hernias)
Home Remedies and Natural Cures for Acid Reflux Treatment:
1. Apple Cider Vinegaris an amazing remedy for Acid Reflux. It may sound
bizarre to drink an acid as a cure for an acid problem, but there are good acids and bad acids and Apple Cider Vinegar is among the good ones.
2. Ginger Root is an amazing natural herb that is known to absorb stomach acid and have the secondary effect of calming the nerves.
3. Fennel seed is an aromatic but powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits. Fennel seeds contain a compound known as Anethole, which is known to suppress spasms of the stomach or gastrointestinal tract spasms. Therefore, it is considered to be an effective remedy for Acid Reflux.
4. Anise and Lavender Tea ;Here is a tea that you can make to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, since it reduces the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Note that some variants of this remedy suggest adding peppermint, but this is NOT recommended since peppermint is known to relax the LES (described earlier), which is exactly what you don’t want to do.
5. Water – Water is a good remedy for acid reflux and it’s readily available almost anywhere. This is one of those home acid reflux remedies that most people don’t know about, but it is effective. You will need to gulp the water down and not sip it for it to work for you. It can take more than one glass of water to stop the acid.
6. Saliva – Your own saliva can end a reflux attack. The best way to create more saliva is to chew gum or suck on a mint or piece of candy. You will want to make sure you swallow a lot because your saliva will work to stop heartburn and acid reflux almost immediately. This remedy only costs you the price of the gum or candy. If you suffer from frequent acid reflux, carry some in your pocket or purse.
7. Aloe verais a natural remedy that has been providing great relief for a lot
of acid reflux sufferers. The extract or juice is mainly responsible for its healing properties. It is said to contain amino acids, minerals, enzymes, polysaccharides, sterolins, aloin and a form of sugar caled glucomannan. Research shows that this kind of sugar has a wide variety of immune stimulating and protective effects on the body.
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