Knowing Your Problem Inside-Out – What Is Acid-Reflux or Heartburn!?!

Posted on 20th December 2015 in Understanding Acid Reflux

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Has it ever occurred to you that you just enjoyed your delicious meal, but just a few minutes later, start feeling a burning sensation or a pain in and around the chest area, making your life hell?!

Or you just had your dinner and go to bed, and as you get ready to drift in a wonderful dream, an uncomfortable burning sensation rises up through your chest and throat, forcing you to get up your bed and having some water to suppress the burning?!

If your answer is an “YES!!”, don’t worry. You are definitely not alone in this. We are here to help you out of this.

This is what is commonly known as Heartburn or Acid reflux. There are many who suffer Heartburn or Acid Reflux on a daily, and many who suffers this on weekly or monthly basis, making it one of the most common problems in the planet, just like cold flu or head ache.

Heartburn is definitely not fun and can become a real nightmare for anyone suffering from this irritation on a regular basis. Sufferers aren’t able to enjoy their food, nor are they able to have a good night sleep as this problem keeps reoccurring here and then, bothering them very often. This even hinders you to concentrate on your day to day work or even make you reluctant to take part in your family activities. This is not a matter that can be ignored as it can easily hamper the quality of your life in a major way. There are of course many good & natural ways to avoid or completely get rid of this problem, rather than to “just deal with it”. But before we delve into finding out the proper solutions for this problem, let’s understand the actual problem in good details, “What is Acid Reflux or Heartburn?!”.

There is a common notion that heartburn is a lifestyle disease. Although things like sticking to better food habits, giving up smoking or alcohol, keeping stressful conditions at bay, or a regular exercise routine may be very helpful indeed, as surprising as it may sound, Acid Reflux or Heartburn or what they also call GERD, is not actually an lifestyle disease.

GERD… Gestroesophageal Reflux Disease is the medical term for heartburn or acid reflux. Here is what exactly happens.

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As we eat food, it passes through the Esophagus or our throat, to our stomach. The LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter), a muscular valve between the esophagus and the stomach, opens up to let the food into the stomach and then close tightly enough to keep acidic stomach content, that is essential for the digestion of the food, from flowing backwards into the esophagus. The problem occurs when the LES doesn’t closes properly and the acidic content flows back into the esophagus or the throat, causing the burning sensation that we call acid reflux or heartburn.

Heartburn or acid reflux is the sharp pain that you feel when the stomach acidic contents leaks through the LES and hits the lining of your esophagus. Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. Its not even a burn. It’s a sharp pain that you feel in the middle of your chest that feels like a burn. Sometimes this pain can be so close to a heart attack pain that sometimes even the doctors need to clarify it with special tests.

Most people feels this acid reflux ones or twice in a lifetime (which is quite normal), but some suffer it pretty frequently and that’s what creates the problem. Along with pain, this can also have other signs like bad breath or a dry cough and many others. You can read in details about the signs and symptoms of acid reflux in this article.

So if you feel that you have been suffering from acid reflux lately, you should take it on a serious note. According to a recent survey conducted by NHBA (National Heartburn Alliance) which is dedicated to spread the awareness on the effects and treatments of heartburn, only 20% of the heartburn sufferers seek serious medical advice and relief, whereas more than half the people suffering admits that this makes it hard for them to enjoy life.

Though your eating habits aren’t the first causes of your acid reflux problem, they definitely make a huge chuck of it. Avoiding food that aggravates your problem, eating in smaller portions and on proper timings, and never going to sleep right after you had your meal are few things your can do to ease down your refluxes.

Also some of Granny’s home remedies like Sodium Bicarbonate or Baking Soda is definitely effective in some cases and can relief you a bit. We will be discussing numerous natural home remedies of acid reflux or heartburn in lot more details later. The good news is that this is definitely treatable, with just few habitual adjustments on our sides and taking few things that cures and puts an end to this problem of yours forever.

By now, you must have become quite familiar with this problem and know “What exactly is  Acid Reflux or Heartburn!”. Here in this website, dedicated exclusively to Heartburn or Acid Reflux, you can find a lot of important and helpful information about this particualr problem that will help you to take care of your heartburn issues naturally and holistically.

Here is a video below that will give you some detailed look at this particular ailment!

Till then, take care! 🙂

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