What Everybody Ought To Know About Heartburn

While heartburn isn’t so serious a medical condition, it's quite uncomfortable. There's no need to endure the pain till it fades because there's a solution to heartburn. This write-up will not only discuss such solutions but also what everybody ought to know about heartburn.

What Everybody Ought To Know About Heartburn

Suddenly, you feel a burning pain in your chest. No matter what position you remain in or how you turn on the bed, it doesn't go away. Eventually, you try taking your mind off it, and after some time the pain fades.

What is that? That’s heartburn. Heartburn is a common thing many people experience. Most don’t just know what to do about it. They simply endure it till the pain fades. Meanwhile, that is unnecessary. There’re home remedies to heartburn. There are things you can do quickly that will get rid of heartburn. You don't have to go to the hospital always unless of course, it's a chronic condition. But before I start discussing all that, what is heartburn?


What Is Heartburn?

As mentioned earlier, it’s simply a burning pain in your chest but let me give you a more refined definition. Heartburn is a sign/symptom that feels like a burning in your chest and is a symptom of acid reflux (GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease). Yes, according to science, it’s not even a “condition”. It’s a mere “symptom” so experiencing heartburn isn’t something to worry over.


What Heartburn Isn’t

Has anyone ever told you that heartburn is the beginning of a heart attack? Please, that is a lie. Discard it. There are many myths about heartburn. There’re also many things people assume wrongly to be heartburn.

Usually, they’re other chest-related problems. Heartburn is simply heartburn. How can you tell the difference? The differences are in their symptoms which I’ll list. Simply note that the basic symptom of heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest.


Other chest-related problems heartburn is mistaken for are:


The symptoms of a heart attack are:

I. Shortness of breath,

II. Fatigue,

III. Weakness of the leg,

IV. Swelling in ankles, legs, and abdomen,

V. Weight gain,

VI. Need to urinate while resting at night,

VII. Dizziness,

VIII. Confusion,

IX. Difficulty in concentrating,

X. Fainting.



The symptoms of heart failure are:

I. Chest discomfort,

II. Feeling faint,

III. Discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back,

IV. Discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders,

V. Shortness of breath.



The symptoms of chest pain are:

I. Pressure, fullness, burning, or tightness in the chest,

II. The searing pain that spreads to the back, neck, jaw, shoulders, and one or both arms,

III. Pain that lasts more than a few minutes gets bad/worse with activity, goes away and comes back, or varies in intensity/force,

IV. Shortness of breath,

V. Cold sweats.



The symptoms of an ulcer are:

I. Burning pain in your middle or upper stomach between meals or at night,

II. Pain that temporarily disappears if you eat something or take an antacid,

III. Bloating,

IV. Heartburn,

V. Nausea.


Symptoms Of Heartburn

Just for emphasis, the symptoms of heartburn will be listed again. They are:

1. A burning feeling in the chest,

2. Pain in the chest when bending over or laying down,

3. A burning feeling in the throat,

4. A hot, sour, acidic, or salty taste in the back of the throat.


Causes Of Heartburn

Heartburn is caused by several things which are usually food-related. They are:

1. Fatty, or spicy food,

2. Certain drinks such as coffee, or alcohol,

3. Being overweight,

4. Smoking,

5. Pregnancy,

6. Stress,

7. Anxiety,

8. Some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen).


Remedies For Heartburn

1. Take some antacid.

An antacid is a drug that neutralizes stomach acidity. So, since heartburn is caused by an acid – stomach acid coming up the esophagus –an antacid is a logical antidote to it. Please note that the dosage for this drug will be according to the doctor’s prescription.

2. Standing up straight

As mentioned above, laying down or bending over can cause heartburn. So, simply do the opposite –stand up. When you feel that burning pain in your chest, stand up straight for some minutes. The heartburn will fade away.

3. Elevating your upper body

If you don’t like the idea of standing up, this is an alternative. The key to solving the problem of heartburn is simply elevating your upper body so that the stomach acid that has come to the esophagus goes right back down.


Ways To Avoid Heartburn

1. Eat evening meals early.

Most times, heartburn occurs after meals – evening meals especially. So, avoid having dinner late.

2. Avoid laying down immediately after eating

Normally you should let your food digest before laying down or thinking of sleeping. The same thing applies to avoiding heartburn.

3. Drink water frequently

From headaches to constipation, water has always been the first universal drug. It helps when treating heartburn too. So when next that burning feeling comes around, drink lots of water. Maintain the habits of drinking water frequently.

4. Stop smoking

Smoking is a bad habit. If smoking can be a primary cause of heartburn then avoid it.

5. Stop taking alcohol,

Taking alcohol has a lot of side effects. Heartburn is one of them. If that is the case, stop drinking alcohol immediately.

6. Maintain a healthy weight,

Unnecessary weight can lead to a lot of complications which are in essence not nice. You should keep fit so you can live a healthy life and avoid heartburns.

7. Avoid foods or drinks that can cause heartburn,

Fatty or too spicy foods cause heartburn. Generally, you should do away with those kinds of food. They’re not healthy for your body. In addition, if you've noticed that eating certain types of food causes heartburn, avoid those too.

8. Make fiber a part of your everyday meal

Fiber should be part and parcel of your daily diet. Fiber helps in digestion so automatically the food you eat is digested and worked on by stomach acid. This means there’s no reason for stomach acid to come up your esophagus. After all, it's busy working on your food.

9. Eat smaller meals at intervals

If you assumed crash eating large meals probably once or twice a day is good for you, you’re wrong. Not only are you risking heartburn, but you’re also risking digestion and other complications.