Heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are often used interchangeably, but each of these terms refers to a different problem. Heartburn describes the burning sensation behind your breastbone, accompanied by a bitter taste in your mouth, often occurring after heavy, fatty, or spicy meals. Despite its name, heartburn actually has nothing to do with your heart.
Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux, a condition in which acid-containing content in your stomach flows back up into your esophagus. It can last from a few minutes to several hours, or even longer. Occasional acid reflux is fairly common. It can come on anytime but is often worse after heavy meals or lying down right after eating.
However, if you experience acid reflux more than twice a week, you may have GERD. This chronic condition can lead to chest pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation and vomiting.
When you eat, a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) opens to allow food to pass into your stomach, and then closes as soon as food passes through it. However, if the LES becomes weakened or does not close properly, stomach acid can leak into your esophagus and cause repeated bouts of heartburn.
Stressed? You may feel it in your gut too!
Often referred to as your second brain, your gut and brain are connected physically through millions of nerves. Stress can affect this brain-gut communication, taking a toll on your digestive system far more than you may realise.
While smoking, alcohol, obesity and poor eating habits are the underlying factors of heartburn, stress can worsen its symptoms. It makes you more sensitive to slight increases in stomach acid levels. The resulting pain can be an annoyance in your daily life, which adds up to your stress. That can turn into a vicious cycle.
Many over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications are used to manage heartburn and the symptoms of GERD. These treatments work in different ways and have varying adverse effects such as headaches, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, etc.
How to relieve heartburn naturally?
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- Natural & safe for long-term consumption
- Does not cause side effects
- Refreshing chewable tablets
Adults – Chew 2 tablets, 30 minutes before meals or right after meals. Take 1-4 times daily depending on severity.
Relieves heartburn in 15 minutes
- Neutralises stomach acid to relieve heartburn & gastric discomfort
Heals stomach lining
- Reduces inflammation for gastric ulceration healing
- Inhibits protease enzyme from degrading the stomach lining
- Reduces H. pylori loads from damaging the stomach lining