Heartburn is a common condition that occurs when the contents of the stomach rise up into the esophagus.
During the process of digestion, the stomach produces several gastric juices, which are very acidic substances. When you have heartburn, it is because these juices have spread out of the stomach, up the canal to the mouth.
Who is affected by heartburn?
Everyone can have heartburn, no matter what age. This condition is also very common in infants (about 25% of babies suffer from it) because their digestive system is not yet mature. In this specific case, gastroesophageal reflux usually disappears between 6 to 12 months of age.
However, in adults, the condition is most often chronic, but it manifests itself in varying degrees of severity.
The people most often affected by heartburn are:
- Those who are overweight, especially when there is a high concentration of abdominal fat.
- People aged 50 and over.
- Pregnant women because the fetus “presses” on the stomach. Obviously, in this case, the heartburn is not chronic and disappear after childbirth.
- People who take certain medications (antidepressants, corticosteroids, among others.)
- Stressed people (stress and / or other psychological problems: the digestive system has more nerve cells than the brain, so a link between the nervous system and the digestive system is a reality that the client and the therapist should verify more often in treating stress, therefore, in some cases, heartburn can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
In addition, for sensitive people, several foods can cause gastroesophageal reflux:
- Very acidic foods: orange juice, tomatoes, lemons, etc.
- Highly fatty foods, frying
- Coffee, tea, chocolate, colas
- Garlic and onions
- Acid and/or spicy foods
The main symptoms of heartburn
Symptoms of heartburn usually appear after meals, when bending forward and lying down. The most common is a burning sensation that rises behind the sternum and causes acid regurgitation in the mouth.
We also note:
- Bad breath
- Coughing and a hoarse voice (especially in the morning)
- Asthma attacks
- Dental problems
In babies, the heartburn symptoms that you should pay attention to are:
- Frequent vomiting and major regurgitations
- Uncontrollable crying
- Refusal to drink
- Growth retardation
- Anemia, in some cases
Diagnosis of heartburn
Self-diagnosis is usually enough to know you have heartburn. If they are frequent and appear for no apparent reason (no overeating), it is advisable to consult a doctor.
Possible risks of complications
Some symptoms of heartburn, in addition to those mentioned above, may be the underlying signs of a serious illness (such as an ulcer). It is therefore essential to consult a health professional as soon as possible in case of:
- Pain when swallowing
- Strong stomach pain
- Weight loss
- Spit or vomiting stained with blood
- Blood in stool
- Cough, frequent asthma attacks
- A supplement containing Melissa and Valerian (Relaxsom Complex): if the burns are triggered by stress, which is often the case.
- Essential oil of Geranium and/or Detox LS + if there are symptoms of digestive problems (consult the technical sheet of Geranium)
- Consult the technical sheet for Detox LS+
Prevention of heartburn
When heartburn is occasional, it can be minimized or even avoided by following some simple rules:
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- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid the foods involved (see above)
- Avoid overeating: meals that are too fatty and hearty are to be avoided
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking
- Do not go to bed right after eating (it’s better to wait 3-4 hours)
- Do not wear tight clothing at the waist
- Stay away from stressful situations