Every year thousands of American people suffer from a condition called heartburn. Some will get it treated and others will simply ignore it as it occurs. Heartburn is caused by acid reflux and gastro esophageal reflux disease also known as GERD. Many people who suffer from heartburn will not suffer from acid reflux and GERD at the same time. Heartburn can also be caused by other health issues and intestinal tract problems. Because some cardiac health problems also act like heartburn, sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate between the two.
People who are overweight or obese, and experience stomach and digestive problems tend to have heartburn on a more constant basis. When heartburn occurs it is never a pleasing feeling, in fact in it is very uncomfortable and painful. After making the necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle, if you are still suffering from heartburn you should seek out heartburn remedies.
There are some heartburn remedies that have been around for ages. Of course many medical professionals will tell anyone that suffers from heartburn to change their eating and dietary habits. Limiting the amount of alcohol, fatty foods and red meats can greatly reduce the chances of having heartburn.
Some of the most successful heartburn remedies come in the form of exercise. Adding a 15 to 20 minute walk into your daily routine can help you maintain a healthy weight, thus reducing the risk of obesity which leads to chronic heartburn. If you are not able to do a brisk walk daily; try doing one every two to three days instead.
A few quick heartburn remedies that can relive the symptoms as soon as they appear include drinking water or using baking soda and ginger. Drinking cold water anytime you feel heartburn can put an end to it right away. Water lowers the amount of acidity that is being produced in your digestive system. While one surefire way is to avoid spicy and fatty foods, it should be noted that many people will make the necessary dietary changes but will not eliminate rich and spicy foods completely. If you are like most people who do not like the taste of regular plain water, you can add a bit of baking soda to the water or even ginger to give it some flavor and an alkaline substance. Some people who try ginger as one of those heartburn remedies may find that it causes more heartburn, so ginger is considered a use at your own risk remedy or on a case by case basis.
Please note that with any form of treatment or remedies, there may be some people who experience non desired bonus symptoms or uncommon side effects. Before trying any heartburn remedies consult with your physician first to ensure you are not at risk for any adverse reactions. If when using remedies you have any uncommon side effects inform your doctor so you can receive proper treatment.