Heartburn is a symptom of a digestive disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease or (GERD). It is caused when the acidic juices in your stomach flow back up your esophagus and cause a burning sensation in your chest. Some people with heartburn also experience regurgitation, where some of the food actually comes up with the acid.
If you experience this daily or even a few times a week, you need to see your doctor. If you want to try to avoid some of the common food and drinks that cause this, it would certainly help and be a step in the right direction.
Some of the obvious food would be spicy food, coffee, alcohol, and citrus drinks limit your intake of fried or fatty food, tomatoes, and chocolate. They will certainly cause your esophagus to become irritated.
Something you can do is to drink water with your meals; this washes the acid from your esophagus back down into your stomach where it belongs. Also, taking two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before meals help to neutralize the acid and to digest your food better.
Bad after dinner habits can make the symptoms worse. Try to avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, napping or heavy lifting right after eating. Smoking will weaken your lower esophageal sphincter, and drinking will bring on nighttime reflux.
There are some common treatments for heartburn, and they include over the counter medication that will neutralize some of the acids your stomach will produce and provide some relief from the pain. There is also prescribed treatment that will be a higher dose of a certain agent that will reduce the amount of acidic juice your stomach produces. There is also surgery, laparoscopic surgery has become very popular for some and has been known to have a very positive influence on a person life, be sure to select a surgeon with experience and significant expertise. There is also Lifestyle changes one can make to treat chronic heartburn such as regular physical activity, stress management, and a proper diet.
* Eating often, smaller meals that are not rich sources of fat.
* Avoid eating late at night before going to bed.
* Try not to do any heavy lifting after eating.
* Try lifting the head of the bed, so gravity will help to keep your acidic juices and food down.
If you have tried everything you can, then it is time to consult your family doctor for a physical exam to consider the next form of action to provide relief.