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What causes Heartburn? Definitions, Root Causes, and Remedies

Jun 21, 2008
It is refluxed stomach acid that enters the esophagus and then inflames the lining that is the trigger of heartburn. This leads to the familiar feeling of heartburn as the throat or chest region as a distressing burning pain, coming either when eating food or afterwards.

This distressing and painful complaint is frequently encountered by inhabitants of western countries. This may not mean that you have a medical problem, if as a healthy individual, you get occasional heartburn. However, upon heartburn becoming persistent, it can lead to a situation of acid reflux disease, also called GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease).

GERD symptoms are not just limited to heartburn. They can also be experienced as regurgitation, pains in the thorax, bouts of asthma, a hoarse voice and a dry cough, amongst others.

GERD can cause even more suffering if it is ignored and left untreated, and even evolve into more serious problems. Medical research done not long ago links GERD to cancer of the esophagus. This explains the necessity of treating acid reflux in a timely and effective way.

In some cases, there is no easy solution. One example is inherited characteristics that lead to the complaint of heartburn. Other causes may be interconnected, such as bad sleep habits, a lifestyle with too much stress, toxic accumulations, Candida infections and substandard diet plans, which can all either directly or indirectly engender acid reflux. To effectively deal with GERD, it is crucial to recognize and remove the underlying agents of this medical ailment.

To fight heartburn, there are three major types of treatments that a sufferer has available. Medications constitute the first category, whether these are prescription or over the counter. Regrettably, such medicaments are only a short-term answer and may also provoke undesirable side effects. Examples for acid reflux alleviation are H2 blockers, antacids and PPIs. These products concentrate on diminishing the symptoms of GERD by balancing out or diminishing the production of stomach acid.

The second broad category for trying to resolve acid reflux is surgery. There are however major disadvantages to this second category. Surgery is by nature intrusive and can therefore provoke other health problems. It only addresses the physical aspect of heartburn (a malfunctioning sphincter), without any action to get rid of the hidden causative agents that are in fact at the root of the problem. Surgery's objective is to provide reinforcement of the sphincter muscle that seals off the esophagus from the rest of the digestive system, so as to stop gastric acid from getting back into the esophagus. When GERD begins, it is habitually because this sphincter is not shutting when it should, and not blocking the reflux of stomach acids towards the esophageal cavity in the reverse direction.

The third possibility for victims of heartburn is the all-natural, holistic approach. It is possible to cure GERD permanently, safely and effectively by following a program that is designed to tackle the underlying causes of acid reflux. This makes such an approach the most effective and the most efficient, because it is the only one to fight the internal dysbiosis in a holistic manner, while at the same time alleviating the symptoms and bringing back the natural inner equilibrium of your body.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . For Further Information: What is Good for Heartburn
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