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It’s quite common to experience a burning sensation in the chest after eating every once in a while. This condition is called heartburn, which happens when the stomach acids rise up to the esophagus at the chest just behind the breast bone. Heartburn may be a very distracting and uncomfortable condition especially if it occurs frequently. There are a number of reasons why this digestive problem occurs, but the primary cause for heartburn is hyperacidity or the excessive amounts of acid in the stomach.

The condition in itself may be a medical problem, or it may be brought about by another disease which is usually the gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. Along with heartburn, GERD is characterized by acid reflux, regurgitation, and vomiting. If these happen to you, then you might have the disease. But if you only experience the painful burning feeling in your chest, you might just be hyperacidic. But that isn’t a medical problem that should be set aside. Heartburn is uncomfortable and quite dangerous if it constantly occurs, so it is best to find a cure for this medical condition.

If you have heartburn, you might find yourself unable to perform work properly because of the uncomfortable feeling that it brings. You might also feel weak because you’re scared to eat anymore thinking that you would have another heartburn attack. But you don’t have to endure the pain of having heartburn. There are ways for you to manage the digestive problem, both naturally and medically.

Natural remedies are very effective in stopping the undesirable effects of this condition; lifestyle changes are imperative if you really want to get rid of heartburn. Smoking is one reason for acid reflux and heartburn to occur. Don’t smoke because nicotine can weaken esophageal muscles, making you feel the effects of acidity even more.

Drinking alcohol is also prohibited if you have heartburn since the alcohol causes acidity in the stomach. There are also foods that should not be eaten if you have heartburn problems like tomatoes, tomato-based foods, pasta, bread, white flour foods, carbohydrate-rich foods, caffeinated foods and beverages, carbonated drinks, and oily and fatty foods. These aggravate acidity and contribute to the already excessive amount of stomach acid.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water is an effective neutralizer for stomach acids, and it can help reduce the acidity in the stomach. Also, eating apples can reduce acids in the stomach because they are natural alkaline-based fruits which are neutralizers of acids.

Staying upright after eating is important, as lying down or sleeping immediately after eating can cause the acids to crawl back up to the esophagus, resulting to heartburn. Try to go for a short walk or do something to keep you busy after eating. Don’t eat too late at night so you won’t have to sleep immediately even if your stomach is still full.

There are also medications for heartburn. Gaviscon is a popular over-the-counter antacid that is especially formulated for treating the digestive problem. It is in the form of a liquid and packed in single serve sachets. It should be taken immediately after every meal for neutralization to take place.

For severe cases of heartburn, consulting a medical professional may be needed. Usually, the medications that will be prescribed to you are proton pump inhibitors or H2 inhibitors, chemicals which work be preventing the excessive production of acids in the stomach and strengthening the protective lining of the digestive tract. These are only given to those with serious or chronic heartburn problems. There may also be contraindications so talk to your doctor about your other medications.

Managing heartburn may be difficult, but it’s not as hard as enduring it without cure. So do something about your acidity problem in order to prevent any worse medical problems to arise.