Surprising Reasons for HeartBurn

: April 28, 2015
 
 
Heartburn
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Many times usually after our meals we experience a sudden fiery feeling in our chest and we know that we have been attacked by heartburn. It is of common occurrence and we all have faced it at some point in our lives.
Burning sensation in the chest after eating which is worst when one bends or sleeps is the most common symptom of heartburn and overeating and unhealthy lifestyle the most common causes of heartburn.
 
It is important to understand the science behind heartburn which will throw light on how heartburn happens.
 
Esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. At the lower end of the esophagus is a valve called “lower esophageal sphincter”.
 
The function of this valve is to close the lower end of the esophagus once food has passed in to the stomach. But if for some reason this valve does not function properly and remains open then stomach acids and even food passes back into the esophagus causing heartburn.
 
There are several factors that can jeopardize the proper functioning of lower esophageal sphincter and lead to heartburn.

Some of these factors are:

  • Overeating or even constipation that can generate pressure on lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Certain food like citrus fruits, onions, tomatoes high fat products, alcohol can cause weakening of lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Smoking weakens lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Hectic work schedule, stress, lack of sleep results in more acid production.
  • Overweight people are also susceptible to heartburn.
  • Pregnancy can also contribute to heartburn in some women.
Certain changes in lifestyle like exercising, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol, proper diet are very helpful in reducing heartburn.
 
However if the symptoms of heartburn persists it is always advisable to fix an appointment with the doctor.

AUTHOR

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan

Sarjita Pradhan born and brought in Mumbai has a degree in Masters in Analytical Chemistry and a wide work experience in various fields...

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