Heartburn causes can be due to a physical malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter or LES. In addition to that, there are specific foods and drinks that can trigger heartburn events.
When a person is experiencing heartburn, it is a burning sensation or pain just behind the breast bone in the chest.
Heartburn Causes And The LES
The malfunction of the LES is the point of all the discomfort one can feel from heartburn. The LES is close to being the “gate keeper” when it comes to food and your stomach. The LES is a lot like a door that opens and closes.
When you eat or drink something the LES opens to allow the food and drink to enter into your stomach for digestion and eventually elimination.
Once the food and drinks goes through, the LES then closes just like a door. But it also applies pressure once the door is closed. This is to keep the food acid, from leaking or backing up into the esophagus.
But when something goes wrong with the LES, it relaxes and the pressure needed to keep the food acid in fails. The door opens and allows the food acid to leak into the esophagus, causing irritation to the lining.
Esophagus Reaction To Food Acid
The food acid in our stomach is never meant to come in contact with the esophagus. This acid is called hydrochloric. It is extremely powerful. Think about it, your body has to have a way to break down the foods you eat. Plus protect you from other harmful bacteria. But when this acid comes in contact with the lining of your esophagus it’s very delicate. The result is the feeling of pain or a burning sensation.
How Is Heartburn Treated?
Depending on the level of severity the treatment for heartburn can vary. There are over the counter medications to relieve the symptoms as well as non-medication all natural treatments such as a bed wedge. For most heartburn suffers they work well.
In other cases where over the counter meds do not work. It may be time to seek a medical professional to make sure there isn’t something more serious going on.
In cases where the heartburn is infrequent and mild. A change of diet, weight loss, and other changes like giving up smoking may be enough.
Antacids, histamine blockers and the popular over the counter medication Prilosec are use to treat heartburn symptoms.
Is There A Cure For Heartburn?
Unfortunately there is no cure for heartburn. Managing the symptoms however can keep heartburn from becoming a negative influence on everyday life.
The heartburn causes discussed here, can be prevented and managed. Avoiding trigger foods. Keeping track of what you eat can help identify other foods that may not be one of the more common triggers. If you’re a smoker, it’s best to quit. I highly recommend purchasing a bed wedge pillow because it is a natural remedy and it can also be used for so many other things, not just for sleeping through the night. That may be easier said than done. But if you want relief from heartburn it has to be done. Finally, listen to your body. If your symptoms seem to be getting progressively worse, seek medical attention.