Heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux disease

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Heartburn is basically a symptom that an individual is feeling at the time when acid splashes up and out of the intestine/stomach. Heartburn is basically used as an interchanged term for the acid reflux. Gestroesophageal or gastrointestinal reflux disorder is a chronic or serious acid reflux which further leads to various issues like cancer.

Stay away from trigger foods.

There are many eating related habits that can lead to the problem of heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux. And if you have sensitive stomach or intestine, you have to stay away from some of the food items which are the main cause of triggering heartburn or gastrointestinal reflux. Some of the food which causes heart burn and you need to stay away from them are:

  1. Spicy foods, such as those containing chili or curry
  2. Mint
  3. Garlic and onions
  4. Fatty or fried foods
  5. Foods containing tomato, such as spaghetti sauce, salsa, or pizza
  6. Citrus fruits, such as oranges or lemons
  7. Carbonated beverages
  8. Coffee or tea (regular or decaffeinated)
  9. Chocolate
  10. Alcohol

Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing, especially around meal times.

Wearing tight-fitting clothes is not very important yet a symptom which worth getting the attention from the individual, who are experiencing the problems of heartburn. When you wear tight-fitting clothes especially when you are eating something will trigger your problem of gastrointestinal reflux. During eating your body tends to release many digestive juices and gases that food consists. But if individual wearing tight-fitting clothes will causes the interruption during your digestion process.

Don’t lie down right after eating.

It is the very bad habit, for which our parents scold us every time we are doing it. It is lying down immediately after eating food. Proper sitting posture is very important to get our food digest properly. But if we immediately lie down after having our meal, the digestion process got interrupt and the digestion process of food will not get complete properly, which leads in generation of various acidic gases which leads to problems like heartburn.

Eat multiple smaller meals.

Eating a heavy meal is never better than having multiple smaller meals in a day. When you are eating multiple smaller meals a day, this kind of eating habit will make your digestive system busy throughout a day and the system gets enough time to process the food properly. Not only has this having multiple meals in a day made your metabolism rate even strong and regular throughout the day.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Gaining weight is the most common and most dreadful problem when it combines with any health problem; similar is the case with heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux. This is because, when you have a heavy weight, it directly hampers your metabolism rate which makes your digestion process slower than usual. This is what forces you to maintain a healthy weight, which directly supports your metabolism rate and supports your digestive system, to avoid the problems like heartburn and gastrointestinal reflux.

Don’t smoke:

Smoking is injurious to health, even the cigarette packets do have this cautionary information printed on it. Even after this information, we as an individual have the habit of ignoring the side-effect and get into habit of smoking. Sometimes the side-effect is so dangerous that it can give us the chronic disorders like the Gestroesophageal or gastrointestinal reflux disorder, which further can cause in severe cases being the reason of cancer.

Don’t eat right before going to bed:

This is what we always getting to know from our parents, teachers and even from elder brothers and sister. This is not just a good habit, but there is some scientific reason behind this statement. It is scientifically proven that, the meal needs around the time of 2hrs to get completely digest. This is what male you to avoid eating right before you get into bed for sleeping. You must have a habit of eating your last meal around 2 hours before sleeping.

Elevate your head when you sleep:

This position will help you to maintain the flow of the digestive juice and other bodily liquids down towards the pancreatic glands, which helps in processing the food even when you are sleeping. Elevating your head will help you to maintain the slow and assist digestion process and support RMR i.e. resting metabolism rate throughout night during a healthy sleep.

Check out the amazing post on Acid Reflux: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment



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