These tips help settle heartburn
Everyone has had to deal with it at least once – heartburn. This annoying, burning sensation in your stomach and esophagus can have many unpleasant side effects. Some are more likely to suffer from it than others, but do you suffer from it at least once a week? Then it is important to be aware of the following things.
With heartburn, acidic stomach contents often flow back into the esophagus.
Heartburn happens to many people, especially after consuming a heavy meal. That’s the case because the pressure in your stomach is often increased after meals. This opens the esophageal sphincter muscle to get rid of excess stomach gas. During this process, some stomach acid may occasionally come up. Do you suffer from heartburn more than twice a week? Then there is a good chance that your esophageal sphincter opens more often than average. Possible causes for this are obesity, pregnancy, fat or highly seasoned food, smoking, alcohol, stress or fatigue.
The painful burning sensation behind your breastbone can be very annoying. Heartburn can also cause complaints such as an irritated throat, coughing and swallowing problems, a sharp or bitter taste in your mouth, and bad breath. The consequences of this are that you may sleep less well at night, and you no longer enjoy your meals. After a while, the stomach acid can damage your esophagus and eventually cause an esophageal infection. Do you suffer from persistent heartburn? Then contact your doctor for comprehensive advice.
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