Get Rid Of Heartburn

by : sciguy40

Heartburn is the result of what occurs when the correct order of things between the esophagus and the stomach fails to happen for whatever reason. The esophagus is a tube through which food passes from the mouth to the stomach. At the bottom of the esophagus there is a valve that is supposed to close after the food has left the esophagus and entered the stomach. The purpose of the valve is to keep stomach acids from entering the esophagus. Heartburn is what results when that fails to happen.

The old familiar question is whether or not there is a cure for this occurrence of acid reflux. Unfortunately, the answer is not quite so apparent. While there are many available treatments that are very effective in treating acid reflux, there is no absolute cure as no definitive cause has been yet determined. Thus, it is important to emphasize that most people will still experience acid reflux on occasion if they stop the treatment that has been prescribed for them. So for this reason, we believe there is no cure and it will return.

Some of the more effective treatments for heartburn include medications, lifestyle changes, or surgery (for the most severe and resistant cases). The good news is how effective that small changes such as quitting smoking, changing your dietary habits, and incorporating exercise into your daily routine can have on your acid reflux. If you discover that these are not effective treatments for your case, and your heartburn continues, then perhaps you should discuss medication options with your doctor.

While there are numerous over the counter drugs that offer some success to sufferers, there are prescriptions available that offer much more success and relief. Some common medicines will stop the production of acid by stopping the last step in acid production. Other medications suppress the secretions of acids that are triggered by histamine and gastrin.

Often times lifestyle changes will deliver the fastest and most painless results. Developing healthy eating habits, daily exercise, and quitting smoking can greatly reduce the occurrences and intensity of your acid reflux attacks. Another thing you might try is to sleep with your head elevated above your stomach so that gravity will help keep acid where it belongs.

Still other people will seek out natural remedies, which can be found in most health food stores. These remedies tend to be much milder and easier on the body than some of the harsh chemicals that prescription medications can deliver to the body. However, prescription medications are still the most aggressive forms of treatment and often provide the most immediate relief to sufferers.

The main thing to remember is that you are an individual and that people are built differently. It may take a couple of strategies or even a combination of them before you find what works best for you. Talk to your doctor and take proactive action in relieving your pain.