June 3, 2009 12:51pm CST
Dealing with heartburn If you suffer from a burning sensation in your lower chest, or you have a sour or acidic taste in your mouth, you may be suffering from what medicine refers to as heartburn, which is the most common sympton of gastric reflux, this may be particularly sever after eating a large meal or when you lie down. Heart burn has nothing to do with your heart, but it is fact caused when acids from your stomach push up into your esophagus or food pipe, thus creating a burning sensation around the heart area, thus given it the name. There are some lifestyle changes you may adopt to bring relief to this pain as listed below: a) If you smoke you should quit smoking as it aggravate heart burn b) Have your weight assessed by a doctor and if you are overweigth, get advice on starting a weight loss program, being overweight puts extra pressure on your stomach. c) Ask for advise from the doctor of the type of medication you can use o regular basis as some medications tend to aggravate heartburn. d) Avoid tight clothings, especially around meal times; allow your stomach area some level of freedom. e) Don’t overeat or snack late at night. Try to complete your meal between two and three hours before you lie down to sleep f) Reduce your stress level g) Bend at your knees, not at your waist as this puts extra pressure on your stomach
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4 Jun 09
I suffer from terrible heartburn... and I actually think now that the acid that is coming up is causing problems for my teeth... the backs of them seem to be getting more sensitive to cold things these days I am guessing it is because the acid is wearing away the enamel... anyway thanks so much for the tips!!!! I definetly need to follow all of them!!!