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Serious Heartburn means a MENACE to Your Health

Jul 30, 2008
Find out more below about the reasons and what fast relief is possible

Heartburn can be very difficult to deal with - both painful and tiring. People in general get some level of heartburn. Medical records suggest that most individuals get occasional heartburn sooner or later in life. However many of these heartburn outbreaks vanish afterwards or can be banished with the help of a minimum of medication. Severe heartburn is notification of a more dangerous illness known in medical circles as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Here, classical medicine is frequently unsatisfactory in bringing any net benefit for serious heartburn cases.

What is at the root of the problem?

The debilitation or the malfunctioning of the sphincter separating the gastric and esophageal cavities means that stomach matter with acid travels back into the esophagus. Esophageal ulcers then come about because of the corroding by the acidic digestive juices. The causal basis of the problem is therefore typically the one-way muscular valve or sphincter whose normal role is to be a barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. In severe cases, a condition that is preliminary to cancer and referred to by doctors as Barrett's esophagus can occur, and makes immediate medical attention imperative.

Other discomforting factors of harbor

It is sometimes mistakenly classified as asthma, which makes the situation even more complex. This is because the results may be fits of wheezing, hoarseness and dry coughing, when the backward flow of gastric acid arrives at the upper part of the esophagus.

Which people are more at risk of contracting heartburn?

There are several medical conditions that will bump up the risk of serious heartburn. Risk factors include hernias and diabetes as well as incorrect eating, such as too much fast food. Diseases of the auto immune system such as Raynaud Phenomenon, sceloderma and the CREST syndrome can all negatively impact this condition.

The right heartburn remedy

Because they do not take into consideration the long term causes, and may even have serious drawbacks when they are taken, conventional medicines may even worsen the situation. And as most medications prescribed by physicians target only the symptoms of heartburn, they only really have a role to play in short term relief.

Heartburn victims are recommended to lessen or cut out food that is fatty, caffeine-containing, alcohol containing, made with chocolate, mint or sherbet, as well as the acid-type foods such as tomatoes, oranges, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Recent investigations now point to a correct diet, healthy living and holistic protocols with herbs and vitamins supplements as the requirements for permanently banishing serious GERD-related heartburn.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . For Further Information: Acid Reflux
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