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Heartburn / Reflux

Heartburn, also known as pyrosis, cardialgia, or acid indigestion (acid reflux,) is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may move to the neck, throat, or jaw.
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Heartburn / Reflux Info

“Following the Jewish tradition, a dispenser of schmaltz (liquid chicken fat) is kept on the table to give the vampires heartburn if they get through the garlic defense.”

Calvin Trillin

Heartburn, alternatively known as pyrosis, cardialgia, or acid indigestion, is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may move to the neck, throat, or jaw.

Heartburn is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux) which is the major symptom of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It may also be a symptom of ischemic heart disease, though this is true for only a small minority of those experiencing heartburn.

Heartburn can be caused by several conditions and a preliminary diagnosis of GERD is based on additional signs and symptoms. The chest pain caused by GERD has a distinct 'burning' sensation, occurs after eating or at night, and worsens when a person lies down or bends over.

It also is common in pregnant women, and may be triggered by consuming food in large quantities, or specific foods containing certain spices, high fat content, or high acid content.

Heartburn or chest pain after eating or drinking and combined with difficulty swallowing may indicate oesophageal spasms.

There are natural health remedies available that may alleviate these symptoms.

Usually a shot glass with a pinch of baking powder does the trick of curbing the stomach and heartburn pain associated with reflux.

Ginger tea and peppermint tea have been known to confer some relief for people suffering from heartburn.

Aloe vera juice, Marshmallow, hoheria, slippery elm powder, liquorice root and bladderwrack are all great natural health remedies.

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    I tried Slippery Elm from bio balance for the first time a couple months back and since I didn't know what slippery elm should be like I thought it was ok. It didn't turn into a smooth texture at all, but more of a frothy texture with a lot of grit in it. I had expected a much smoother texture. It was not particularly easy to swallow due to the texture being gritty. But it did mix nicely into my porridge in the morning. And it did help with some of my bowel problems although not as much as I had hoped. But when this particular product went out of stock I ended up trying the Lotus brand (which unfortunately is not sold by healthpost). I have to say that Lotus brand is much better! It turns into a nice smooth texture and is much easier to drink without all the grit. It also helped a lot more with my bowel problems. So after trying the Lotus brand, I would not really recommend this bio balance brand, even though it is certified organic. It is not as effective as the Lotus brand. But that is just my personal experience. It may be very good for other people.

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    26/09/18

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