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For most people, heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion are due to a lack of stomach acid (HCl), not too much. If you are not producing enough stomach acid, the food will churn longer and remain in the stomach for hours.
When the food does not keep moving on through the GI tract, it sits in the stomach and ferments. This causes a level of discomfort that feels like reflux. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux when our stomach acid spaces up into the esophagus.
Symptoms Associated with Heartburn
- Burning of the chest (behind the breastbone) which may occur after eating
- Chest pain after bending over, lying down. (See your doctor straight away for unexplained chest pains because it may not be heartburn.)
- Burning in the throat- usually an acidic tasting fluid in the back of our throats
- Difficulty swallowing, food being stuck to the back of our through
- Heartburn has the ability to causes chronic cough, sore throats or hoarseness
Causes of Heartburn
Just as the symptoms of heartburn vary so do the causes. The following are just a few reasons why you may be experiencing or have experienced heartburn.
- Buprofen (Advil)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- carbonated beverages
- acidic juices (orange, pineapple, grapefruit)
- acidic foods (tomatoes, grapefruits, oranges) and chocolate
- smoking and high fat content food affect our esophagus.
- pregnancy because of the increased pressure in the the abdominal cavity.
There have been many cases where people mistakenly self-diagnosed themselves as having a heart attack. This is because they cannot distinguish between the pain of a heart attack and the pain of heartburn. You should always see your doctor if you are experiencing constant chest pains.
Heartburn is not a benign condition and if it is not treated this could cause some serious health conditions down the road. A few of these conditions are Barrett’s esophagus or esophageal cancer. Always talk to you doctor about the symptoms you are feeling to find out the root cause.
While you may not be able to talk your doctor instantly, there is a natural relief for heartburn that can provide you with immediate relief. All you need is a baking soda and a bit of water!
Baking Soda: The All Natural Heartburn Remedy for Instant Relief
Can simple baking soda in a glass of water soothe your heartburn or acid reflux? Yes, it can. If you suffer from Acid Reflux or heartburn, rather than taking a toxic antacid tablet, which can contain GMO and other dangerous ingredients, try this simple and effective remedy.
Baking soda acts as an alkalizing and pH balancing agent inside the body. If the body is overly acidic, baking soda can help put it back into an acid/alkaline balance.
Baking soda helps to neutralize the stomach acids and prevent acid reflux. It also helps with heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach. It works by lowering acidity level, thus reducing the possibility of stomach contents moving back into the esophagus. This in turn reduces the burning sensation in the throat and chest associated with this condition.
- Take a tablespoon of baking soda and mix it in a 1/2 cup of water
- Stir it well and drink it for faster relief
Drink this whenever you suffer from acid reflux but make sure to consult doctor if you’re suffering from continuous acid reflux problem. This will give only temporary relief from the acid reflux.
This remedy has been such a great relief for me. It is natural and more effective than antacids.