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There are times when you may experience a burning and
painful discomfort just behind the breastbone. This
burning sensation that you are experiencing is
commonly called
heartburn, and most people tend to
suffer from
frequent heartburn.

Heartburn doesn’t have anything to do with your heart.
Rather heartburn is what occurs when digested food
juices go back into the esophagus. The esophagus is
the tube like structure that connects the throat to your
stomach.

When the digested food juices go back into the
esophagus it is called reflux. The stomach has a high
amount of acid within it to help breakdown the various
foods that we eat. There is a valve called the lower
esophageal sphincter or LES that normally separates the
esophagus from the stomach. It is when the LES fails to
work correctly or when it relaxes frequently at the wrong
moment that we experience frequent
heartburn.

There are certain triggers in our lifestyles and eating
habits that cause heartburn. The triggers vary from
person to person, and from lifestyles and dietary habits.
However there are some common factors.

They include the following. Eating foods such as citrus
fruits and drinks, chocolate, peppermint, tomatoes or
tomato-based products and fatty or spicy foods. Drinking
beverages such as coffee, tea, and sodas that have
caffeine substances in them. Also drinking carbonated
fizzy drinks and alcoholic beverages can relax the LES.  

Heartburn has varying degrees to it. There is episodic
heartburn which is generally experienced. There is the
more serious GERD disease. Then there is
frequent
heartburn. This is the type of heartburn that occurs two
or more days a week.
Frequent heartburn affects people
who may be using medication for heartburn symptoms at
least two or more days of the week.

For sufferers of
frequent heartburn there is at the
moment only one type of relief. This is the proton pump
inhibitor or the PPI as it is also known as. PPIs are
powerful inhibitors of stomach acid production. They
virtually shut down the acid pumps in the cells of the
stomach. As this is where stomach the acid is produced,
the PPIs eliminate the excess amounts of acid leaving
only enough acid for the normal digestion of food.

Prilosec medication is the only over the counter
medication that you can get for f
requent heartburn.
Prilosec is specifically indicated for frequent heartburn
usage, and can provide 24- hour relief from the
symptoms of frequent heartburn. You will only need to
take one pill daily as medical directions state for 14 days.

For
frequent heartburn sufferers a complete change in
their lifestyles and eating habits may not be enough.
Should there be an increase in the pain then having a
medical diagnosis may be helpful in correcting your
frequent heartburn pain. Stop procrastinating, and
delaying, go to your doctor today and get yourself relief
from your
heartburn.                               

                      
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