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Heartburn Symptoms are the DANGER Signal

Jun 10, 2008
It may surprise you, but heartburn is one of the most common medical ailments in western countries. Data points to about 15 million Americans who endure heartburn symptoms daily; over 60 million people in America also experience these symptoms every month.

Heartburn is characterized by a sensation of burning in the chest or the throat, frequently accompanied by a taste at the back of the throat of bitterness or sourness. Although healthy people may infrequently get heartburn, when it is persistent (twice a week or more) it is then considered to be the sign of a medical problem known as acid reflux or, in full, gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The disease of gastroesophageal reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter or LES (a circular muscle that is the valve at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach) fails to shut properly, allowing stomach juices to flow back, or reflux into the esophagus. When this refluxed contents from the stomach meets the lining of the esophagus, heartburn happens. The contents of the stomach are a combination of digestive enzymes, acid and other matter than can corrode the esophageal lining to cause burning and pain.

While heartburn is the most frequent symptom of acid reflux, it is not the only GERD symptom. Further typical symptoms of gastro esophageal reflux disease include: s syndrome of indigestion, recurrent dry cough, chest pain that comes on like a heart attack, changes in voice, hoarseness, a sensation of a lump at the back of the throat (also called globus pharyngis) and ear pain (referred to as otalgia).

GERD left untreated can turn into peptic stricture, meaning the narrowing that corrosion and resulting scar tissue effect at the lower end of esophagus. Peptic stricture usually leads to problems in swallowing and an impression of food being stuck at the lower end of the throat. Accordingly, sufferers of peptic strictures may eat less and lose body mass. Not only do these symptoms typically occur, but ignoring acid reflux can provoke the development of different complications, some being severe.

With repeated attack of the lining of the esophagus by leaked stomach acids, the human body tries to react by growing the cells similar to those in the intestinal lining. Such tissue brings relief from heartburn symptoms. This is called Barrett's esophagus condition, and is a further serious complication of acid reflux. Males over 45 having suffered heartburn symptoms for over 10 years are the most exposed to the danger of cancer developing. However even if Barrett's esophagus is relatively innocuous, one in fifty patients then progress to a fatal form of cancer known as esophageal adenocarcinoma, a direct result of the process.

Medication solutions for heartburn tend to ignore the basic internal causes of acid reflux. Only temporary relief may be achieved for GERD related suffering from prescribed or over the counter medicaments, as these only focus on the acid production in the stomach to try to relieve heartburn.

For this reason, medicine that addresses only the symptoms of GERD will almost certainly fall short of any long-term viable solution for acid reflux patients. The many factored condition of Acid Reflux is triggered by several hidden factors, including lifestyle and environmentally connected factors, diet habits, inherited traits, too much acidity and toxins in the circulation, malfunctioning digestion and so on.

Holistic types of remedy combine appropriate lifestyle changes and specific diet modifications with use of particular vitamin and herbal supplements, including elimination of toxins and Candida control protocols. Did anyone tell you that your discomforting symptoms of heartburn could be totally and integrally removed by following a holistic, all-natural program? Only the holistic method will get rid of your acid reflux by addressing the root causes to effect permanent and lasting prevention.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Jeff Martins Unique Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Acid Reflux Condition
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