Heart Burn a product of Over Indulgence

Posted: May 03 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

According to statistics from the American Gastroenterology Association, more than 25 million Americans experience daily heartburn symptoms, and overindulgence is the main culprit.

Acid reflux is one cause of heartburn symptoms and every age group is susceptible. When stomach acid backs up into the esophagus because the sphincter muscle blocking the acid has weakened, you’ll feel all the telltale symptoms of heartburn. It can be especially worse at night when lying down after a large meal.

Even tiny amounts of weight gain can exacerbate the problems associated with acid reflux. Even if you’re only slightly overweight you can feel heartburn as much as somebody who is obese.

The best solution is of course, to watch what you eat and don’t overeat, especially at dinner time. Easier said than done, however, for the more than 60 million Americans who admit to suffering heartburn at least once per month. Losing weight is another answer to the problem.

Not overeating and losing weight doesn’t help you when you’re trying to fall asleep at night. When heartburn strikes, avoid mint flavored antacids. They may taste great but mint can weaken the sphincter muscle between the esophagus and stomach, and will only make the problem worse. Some over-the-counter medications can help, such as Prevacid and Prilosec, both of which are widely available in Ft. Myers, FL.

Chronic heartburn sufferers may need to avoid spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and chocolate, all of which can trigger heartburn. If you suffer from regular heartburn you should see your doctor as chronic acid reflux can lead to larger issues such as esophageal cancer.

So, the next time you’re facing a huge plate of pasta late at night remember that you may end up suffering heartburn and have a salad instead.

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