How many times has it been that you are carrying on with your daily activities, and then suddenly you feel an irritating, burning sensation in your chest for a while? Well, if it does happen to you as well, do not worry. You are not the only one suffering from such ailment.
Although this burning sensation only usually lasts for only a small amount of time per recurrence, this can become increasingly irritating and uncomfortable, especially when it starts occurring more often.
This is a fairly common problem across the world with a very small amount of cases considered ‘serious’. This burning sensation has a medical name of “Heartburn” but a lot of the time it is also called “acidity” as well.
The symptoms usually start occurring in a short amount of time after taking meals, but they are fairly obvious and usually contain the most common “burning” sensation.
There, however, can be many more symptoms connected to it such as:-
- Middle of the chest starts burning sensation,
- Momentary pain sometimes spreading to the jaw
- Bad taste in the mouth
- Foul burps
- Acidic feeling in the stomach as well
Although most of the time there is nothing to worry about, the situation can very quickly escalate in which case you should immediately consult the doctor, preferably a Gastroenterologist, that specialise in multiple gut problems, including those related to stomach and liver.
The primary cause of such indigestion, burning sensation is recurrent acid reflux or over acidic stomach. But such malfunction does not happen on its own. A huge part of it is dedicated by the sedentary lifestyle that has taken over most of our lifestyle.
Although there can be many more reasons, these are some of the more obvious ones:-
- Obesity, or simply the presence of excessive non-functioning calories.
- Smoking, Alcohol or unprescribed drugs
- Little to no exercise
- Other bad lifestyle attributes such as long sitting hours or consumption of fast food.
How to get relief from heartburns?
There can be multiple approaches via which heartburns can be tackled with.
A generally, the most ideal way is to change lifestyle approach such as
- A much more nutrition oriented diet rather than a taste oriented one.
- Maintaining a better posture while eating and overall as well throughout the day.
- Do not lift heavy objects, or strain too much of the core.
- Do not smoke, consume alcohol or intake unprescribed drugs
- A regular and thorough exercise routine.
- Eating more meals rather than more in a meal
- Getting normal tests done and reviewing reports such as LFT, KFT etc.,
The Ayurvedic approach
According to Ayurveda, Heartburns often happen due to the malfunctioning of digestion which is caused by the slowing of “Agni” in our body.
Therefore, consumption of such foods which slows down the agni are to be avoided:
- Do not drink cold/iced water
- Do not eat ice-cream
- Avoid fast snacks if not hungry
- You can have ginger tea in order to soothe out the burning.