March 28, 2013

Heartburn & Indigestion

Heartburn and indigestion are often confused by parallel conditions. The most common symptom of indigestion is heartburn. Heartburn is a burning chest pain that occurs when stomach acid and other contents flow backward, or reflux, into the esophagus. Unlike the stomach, the lining of the esophagus has no protective lining or mucus producing tissue, so the acid produces irritation and even ulcerations.heartburn

     Indigestion is a more vague feeling of discomfort and pain in the upper abdomen and chest. It includes the feeling of fullness and bloating, associated with belching and nausea. It can be triggered by drinking alcohol, carbonated beverages, eating too fast or too much, fatty or spicy foods and taking too much caffeine or high fibre foods. Reflux is made worse by foods such as chocolate or peppermint that relax the sphincter muscle connecting the esophagus to the stomach.

Avoiding large meals towards the end of the day, proper posture and eliminating smoking helps avoid indigestion and heartburn.

Heartburn, gas, reflux and indigestion can be easily managed on a properly prescribed treatment plan which includes several diet and lifestyle changes. In the majority of cases, treatment is quick and effective as the reactions can be treated acutely. More about homoepathy…

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