Heartburn is a burning pain or discomfort in the upper chest and mid chest,possibly involving neck and throat.
Heartburn is common and should not be a cause for alarm. A lot of people get better on their own or with the use of over the counter medications.
Heartburn will most likely not interfere with your daily activities, but that depends on the body and the condition of the heartburn.
Symptoms of heartburn includes;
*A pain that increases or worsens when you bend over or when lying down.
*It comes with acidic tastes in the mouth.
*A burning sensation in the chest,most times at night.
Although heartburn is not as serious health condition but you should see the doctor if you have heartburn more than twice in a week and if you are not relieved after taken a few medications and if you have reoccurring nausea and vomiting. This could be a sign of a more complex illness.
Heartburn occurs when stomach acids find it’s way back to the oesophagus through the tube in which food is being transferred to the stomach.
Some foods that trigger heartburn:
•SPICY FOODS :- Spicy foods contain a compound called capsaicin which can slow the rate of digestion. When food sits in the stomach for long, it may cause heartburn.
•TOMATO/KETCHUP : Tomato contains acids, which includes ketchup/marinara sauce etc. Too much of this acid can cause it to splash back into your oesophagus.
•CHOCOLATE :- Chocolate are high fat foods, this can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and this may cause acid to escape into the oesophagus.
•FATTY/FRIED FOODS :- Greasy foods prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from fully tightening.It creates an opening for stomach acids to flow upward.
•CITRUS FOODS :- Oranges, lemons, pineapples, limes and any citrus fruit can trigger heartburn symptoms.
•CARBONATED/CAFFEINATED BEVERAGES :- Some people get heartburn after taking coffee and any other beverages that contains caffeine in them.Other beverages like tea also trigger heartburn but not for everyone.
•ALCOHOL :- A patient who suffers from GERD may experience heartburn after taking alcohol.