A burning sensation in your throat and chest coupled with a slight hiccup is a sign you are getting heartburn. It could’ve been as a result of the food you ate, most especially fatty, spicy or acidic food. It is also often caused by gastro esophageal reflux disease, which is, of course, a chronic condition. The question now is what you can do when you get this upset and discomfort stomach?
- Loosen up
Most often heartburn happens because the stomach contents go back into the esophagus, the stomach contents being acidic in nature burns the tissues. You can be a victim of heartburn as a result of tight clothing binding your belly. If this happens, the first thing is to loosen up your tight clothing, or belt, or whatever is holding you too tight.
- Straighten up
One’s posture can contribute to heartburn, sitting or lying down ads up to heartburn. Betsy Polatin, a movement specialist who works with a performer, says “One’s internal organs are compressed once slumped down, and the most efficient solution would be to lengthen and widen your spine and torso, as your head approaches the ceiling.”
- Horizontal help
Taking care of someone who is confined to bed and experiencing heartburn requires one raising their upper body. Lifting the head up is not enough. It is advisable to elevate them from the waist. An adjustable bed that can be increased to a suitable angle has been fabricated to suit this purpose.
- Head to the pantry
The remedy to heartburn might as well lie in your kitchen. Baking soda helps relief heartburn as it neutralizes the stomach acid. A teaspoon of baking soda, when dissolved in a glass of water, helps slow down heartburn.
- Chewing gum
Chewing gum also helps in neutralizing acid. Dr. Iqbal who is the medical director of Memorial care digestive care center in Fountain Valley; California said gum increases saliva thereby diluting and washing away built up acid in the guts and also recommends it.
- Do not smoke
I hope you are aware you shouldn’t be smoking as smoking contributes a lot to heartburn. If you experience heartburn as a smoker, please do not smoke. It definitely will not make less uncomfortable; it’s only going to make the feeling get worse.
- There are numerous heartburn remedies you can reach for at any store or pharmacy. These medicines comprise of protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers and antacids. PPIs stops acid production. H2 blockers will reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. Antacids neutralize stomach acids