4th April 2006, 04:50:07 PM
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Join Date: Apr 2005
Caffiene and fatty food chemically make the stomach more
relaxed leading to losening of the upper sphincter (which
is already not very strong) ... in healthy persons symptoms
are not be felt ....
But those who are already having weak sphincter, loosening
will lead to the leak of fluid into the esophagus leading to the
sensation of heartburn.
Longstanding severe heartburn can cause problems like getting
choking in acid leading to lung infections, also might lead to blood
vomiting or esophageal cancer on the very long term.
To minimise heartburn try the following suggestions :
# Eat several small meals each day instead of three large ones.
# Avoid having a lot to drink with meals. You swallow
more air when you drink with meals and this can aggravate
heartburn when it subsequently comes up again.
# Eat slowly, and avoid fried, spicy, or rich foods,
or any foods that seem to increase heartburn.
# Avoid drinks containing caffeine (coffee, tea, cola)
because these too relax the muscle at the top of
the stomach holding the acid in.
# Eating yogurt or drinking milk can help, Try a
tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk
# Avoid lying down or stooping immediately
after meals and sit in a comfortable upright position.
# Try using a few extra pillows at night so that you
sleep a little more upright. Alternatively, put the head
of the bed up on blocks.
# Try using some simple antacid mixtures or tablets
such as magnesium trisilicate. These are available
over the counter at the pharmacist and do not contain
ingredients that are absorbed they just neutralise acid in
the oesophagus and stomach.
# Antiacid tablets such as cimetidine, ranitidine, famotidine
are used in severe cases , or if a gastric ulcer has developed.