When acid comes up from your stomach into your throat it may cause the burning. It often happens in response to an emotional crisis or after eating.
What happens physically?
At the top of your stomach is a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which normally opens and closes properly to allow food to enter the stomach. It also prevents the acid in your stomach from backing up into your esophagus and helps keep food out of the lungs.
If acid leaks (refluxes) into the esophagus, it can cause
2. iregurgitation into the lungs, causing a cough or wheezing.
3. a sore throat. If acid reaches the mouth, it can dissolve the enamel of the teeth.
Millions of people have the disease and suffer from the pain of heartburn every day.
How can this be handled?
1 Look for foods or food combinations that may be triggering the digestive upset.
Suggestion: Keep a food diary for two weeks and record all food and drink ingested and the time it was taken.
2. Are you getting too fast or not chewing your food to a pulp?
Suggestion: Time how long or the number of times you need to chew a bit of food to turn it to liquid in your mouth before swallowing it.
3. Eat small, frequent meals.
4. Are you eating to close to bedtime? Eat lightly.
If you are eating meats or complex proteins within 3 hours of retiring, your food will ferment (rot) in your stomach and cause indigestion and poor sleep.
5. Are you getting this burning at certain times of the day or night?
6. Are you staying up too late and not getting enough quality deep sleep to allow your digestive system to completely relax at night? From 11PM to 11 AM all your digestive organs actively try to balance their energy.
7. Have you checked the side effects of your medicines or supplements to see if they are in some way upsetting your system?
Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor.
To decrease GERD naturally, doing the following may help:
- Wear loose natural clothing that breathes. Constriction can cause discomfort to an all ready bloated digestive system
- Maintain a healthy weight through proper food intake, exercise and deep breathing daily.
- Do not lie down flat on your back after eating simply reclines on an angle.
- When you go to sleep at night lie on an angle or on your left die if that is comfortable to ease stress on your esophageal tissues
- Check with your homeopathic practitioner from constitutional remedies to help GERD -Sul., Puls.,Staph,Sil,Ars.,Bry to name a few.
- The following is a list of other herbs and supplements that have been used for relief of digestive upset.
- Avoid fried foods, red meat, coffee, hot peppers like cinnamon, chile, red meat, peppers, mustard, alcohol, citrus, plums and tobacco.
- These foods and supplements and herbs can help heal the inflamed tissues (if the person is not sensitive to them.)
Moist watery foods like watery soups, gruel of oats, barley or rice,
honey, water, banana, avocado, tofu, soy milk, soured milk or yogurt, goats milk products, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, potato, seaweed, chlorophyll rich foods
Herbs: slippery elm, marshmellow, red raspberry and flax tea,
chamomile tea if the person is not allergic to ragweed,
Aloe vera avoid if pregnant or have a history of kidney problems
Probiotics good digestive enzyme complex,
DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice unless you have high blood pressure,
DiGize from Young Living Essential Oils – Massage a drop or two topically on. stomach to soothe digestive problems
**Always seek medical advice if the burning persists.