A Heartburn Q + A Fact Sheet You Ought Not To Ignore!

The feeling of having swallowed a ball of molten fire can’t be pleasant – but that’s exactly what heartburn feels like. And you might have not guessed, but heartburn can be caused by and be the cause of a number of problems.

Plus, what works for someone else having heartburn might not work in the same way for you. That’s because the trigger for your heartburn could be different – and then again, there could be other hidden conditions that the heartburn is masking, problems that are far worse than feeling like your heart is literally on fire, every day!

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The bottom line is that to be able to cure your heartburn successfully means you need to really understand heartburn – hence we have compiled a heartburn Q + A, in the hopes that you can finally have the real cure for your heartburn – and not just a temporary solution.

So here are the queries we are going to address – and this list can be expanded…but for now, let’s focus on—

Is GERD and Heartburn same?

In order to understand heartburn or acid reflux as it is sometimes called, you need to get one thing straight – heartburn is the symptom. When the stomach acids reflux back into the esophagus against the natural course of things, you get heartburn.

But are heartburn and GERD the same?

Not really, and yet, regular heartburn is what leads to the chronic condition of GERD. In fact, there is no simple answer to this query – and so a detailed discussion is necessary.

We did say that heartburn has many and varied triggers…and while we’re at it, let’s not forget to take a look at the connection between…

Alcohol and heartburn

You know that certain foods trigger your heartburn – alcohol being one of them. But it’s not like all types of alcohol cause acid reflux, or even acidity. Plus, a lot depends on how much alcohol you’re consuming – to know more, you will have to dig a little deeper…

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And it’s not like heartburn is caused only by food triggers—there could be conditions that have heartburn as a symptom…something like hiatal hernia…

Hiatal hernia and heartburn

Hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach tends to push up into the ‘hiatus’ – which is basically your lower esophageal sphincter. As a result, this weakens the LES, and causes the acid that should ideally stay down in the stomach to reflux up into the esophagus – causing heartburn. To know more about the connection, you will have to look up our inner page, where we tackle the connection in greater detail.

And when we are going through the connections between heartburn and other problems, we can’t really forget the—

Relation between IBS and Heartburn

It has been found that chronic acid reflux or GERD coexists with irritable bowel syndrome. And in spite of researches being carried on, little has been found as to what causes IBS. But what has been proved with definite conviction is the connection we just mentioned between IBS and GERD…Naturally, if you’re suffering from either or both, you will most definitely want to check out the connection yourself.

So much for heartburn and other related problems…

Heartburn in babies

Did you know that adults and teenagers are not the only ones who have heartburn?

Babies don’t have solid food, in fact, they live mostly on porridge and in their early days of infancy, they thrive on mother’s milk. And yet, they too are susceptible to heartburn.

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So the next time your little angel starts howling without any apparent reason and is unable to keep ‘food’ down, you might want to consider treating her for heartburn.

Knowing the connections that heartburn has with other problems in the body is important. Knowing the heartburn trigger foods is equally important. But perhaps what’s even more important is knowing the…

Best diet for heartburn!

That’s right, treating heartburn, or the deeper problem that’s causing the heartburn can take time. Meanwhile, you need to carry on with your routine life…irrespective of heartburn. In order to do that, the least that you can do is follow a diet that helps keep heartburn at bay, or at least under control.

So we tell you how to go about such a diet…

Like we said at the beginning…heartburn is not very simple…and it tends to be stubborn. But hopefully with this heartburn Q+A fact sheet, you will be in a better position to understand and cure heartburn.