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Heartburn

Definition:

Heartburn is a symptom that occurs when digestive juices flow back from the stomach to the esophagus. The esophagus is the pathway between the mouth and the stomach.

In some cases, heartburn can be so severe that a person may think they are having a heart attack.

 

 

 

Causes:

Potential causes of heartburn include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eating a fatty, heavy meal
  • Eating too many acidic foods and spices
  • Sitting in a position that puts pressure on the abdomen after eating
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Sleeping right after eating

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain and burning
  • Feeling bloated
  • Feeling too full

Herbs that can relieve heartburn:

  • Cinnamon
  • Hibiscus
  • Tamarind
  • Liquorice
  • Black berry
  • Locust
  • Chamomile

How to get rid of heartburn:

  • Drink enough water
  • Eat dinner two hours before going to bed
  • Eat foods that are light and healthy
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink milk
  • Chew gum
  • Get rid of stress triggers

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