Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Heartburn

Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest. It happens when stomach acids back up into your esophagus.
It is frequently experienced soon after eating or when lying down. Heartburn is very common in pregnancy.
There are many ways to prevent and treat heartburn (acid reflux, GERD).
I am going to share the most preventive and least invasive methods.

Heartburn generally comes from diet or lifestyle. Usually a combination of both.

What not to eat:
It is important to avoid acidic foods such as: tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, onions, citrus. Also avoid spicy foods, dairy (a little yogurt is ok), fried foods, mint and chocolate.
Avoid alcohol. Stop smoking. Smoking relaxes the sphincter muscle at the bottom of the esophagus allowing the acid back up. Being overweight can greatly contribute to heartburn.

Eat smaller meals more frequently rather than a large meal.
Don’t go to sleep for a few hours after eating – don’t lay down either. Keep pretty upright. Elevate the head of your bed slightly.

Supplements that help:
Papaya Enzymes are great for heartburn. So is pineapple or its enzyme -Bromelain.
Fresh Ginger in a tea or Ginger Capsules are very helpful for digestive issues and heartburn.
Fresh lime juice is said to ward off heartburn.
Eating raw almonds can also be helpful.

What else can I do? (or not do)
Maya Abdominal Massage helps with many issues of digestion. Avoid wearing anything tight fitting around the waist. Relaxation exercises and guided imagery can also help heal this condition.

If there are other health concerns you would like to see addressed here, leave a comment or send me an email.

To good health

Chana

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