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I think everyone knows what heartburn is or They
know someone who is suffering from heartburn. By
definition, heartburn is where your body causes the
contents of the stomach to flow back up into the
esophagus. The valve that controls this action is
known as the lower esophageal sphincter or the LES.
Heartburn happens when the LES is relaxed and the
acids from the stomach reflux into the esophagus and
irritate the delicate lining of the esophagus. There are
many ways ino
treating heartburn.

Knowing that heartburn is caused by certain
conditions or foods, then avoiding those factors may
help to treat heartburn by easing your symptoms.
Some of those triggers are having large amounts of
food, especially before you go to sleep. Other food
triggers tend to be like citrus fruits and juices, spicy
and highly seasoned foods, raw onions and vinegar.

You should know that drinking caffeine laden drinks
like coffee, decaffeinated coffee and colas contribute
to heartburn as well. Teas and alcohols can also
activate
heartburn in your body.

Your lifestyle habits need to be altered in order to
treat heartburn. You should not lift heavy items after
you have had a meal. The pressure that is put on your
stomach may cause the stomach acids to reflux into
the esophagus if the LES is in a weakened condition.
Stressful situations like this should be avoided
altogether as this can induce
heartburn.   

There are many other types of lifestyle conditions that
can increase the risk of
heartburn. These conditions
include pregnancy, hiatal hernia, being obese,
gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, and even
certain types of medications.

There are ways that you can
treat heartburn at home.
These methods include your deciding to make some
lifestyle and dietary changes. They also include taking,
over the counter antacids like Tagamet,
Pepcid AC,
Zantac and even Prilosec. Antacids are used because
they have the chemical ingredients to neutralize the
acid buildup in the stomach.

Then the use of a foaming antacid like Gaviscon is
very helpful to
treat heartburn. As Gaviscon floats on
the top of the stomach contents, when
acid reflux
occurs it is the first substance to come into contact
with the esophagus.

Acid reducers or acid blockers may help to control and
treat the symptoms of
heartburn.

These medications are part of a class of drugs called
Histamine receptor blockers and they are available in
over the counter and prescription strengths forms.
They work by reducing the amount of acid in the
stomach.

When these acid reducers can no longer control or
treating heartburn then you should consider using
Proton Pump Inhibitors or PPI’s. Most PPI’s are
available only by a prescription from your doctor, and
work by shutting down the acid production within your
stomach.

All these drugs and antacids, I’ve mentioned, as well
as the dietary and lifestyle changes, can take you a
long way on the road to
treating heartburn. And finding
what works for you, should be your first step on this
road.


                     
       Treating Heartburn
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By
James Kesel,MS