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Don’t let your heart burn

Published Date: Tuesday, 30th August 2016 | Last Updated: Wednesday, 2nd November 2016
Don’t let your heart burn

If your stomach is on fire and this spreads up to your throat, you can put it down to what you have eaten.  Yes, there are people who are naturally prone to heartburn’s but in most cases it is not so. There is no deciding age and it is not limited to old age alone.

Most of you have seen the ad, which shows a man screwing up his face in agony after a heavy meal and the visual of a stomach with raging fires flashes on the television screen. Let us explain how this happens. Your food pipe is a long narrow tube, which has a muscular ring called the oesophagus oriticer at the bottom. This connects the food pipe to the stomach.  The ring allows the food to pass into the stomach and then shuts tight.

If this does not shut the digestive juices and acids from the stomach as well as from the partly digested food flow up into the food pipe resulting in heartburn, pain and irritation.  This results in damage to the food pipe lining which is very tender.  Now let us go on to explain how certain foods cause this discomfort.  To prevent yourself from becoming a chronic heartburn patient read this carefully.  Foods that increase acidity like soft drinks, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, spicy foods, red chilies and raw onions are some of the kind one needs to be cautioned about.  Overeating too can pop that muscular ring up and cause harm.

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