Do you get heartburn?
Its a killer isn’t it? Although I know anti-acids, settlers etc are the wrong answer in the long run, I wanted a run down on exactly what is happening and how to help my body rather than make matters worse.
The problem is with the esophageal sphincter, the ring of muscle that acts as a valve between the esophagus and the stomach. Many of the foods we eat relax this valve allowing stomach acid reflux into the esophagus. The foods which are primarily to blame include; alcohol, caffeine, citrus, tomatoes, chocolate, and spearmint plus spicy and fatty foods. Large meals can aggravate heartburn too just by the shear pressure on the sphincter.
I don’t get heartburn as bad as some others I know, and it can be a symptom of a gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). So if you get heartburn twice a week or more, go see the doc.
I always thought it was an old wives tale that chewing gum relieved heartburn, but apparently not. The stimulation of saliva production can help neutralize acid reflux, but don’t chew peppermint or spearmint gum as these are heartburn triggers.
Night time is the worst, and after a large meal! Someone suggested raising the head of the bed 6 inches or so to enable gravity keep the stomachs acids where they should be. And of coarse not eating for those few hours before sleeping, you shouldn’t really anyway as those calories are not needed. The other old wives tale I came across was that you don’t get heartburn if you sleep on your left side? I’m wrong here too, it does help, though I haven’t tried it yet, not sure how as its nothing to do with your heart?
Let me know if you know!