Archive | Digestive Health

What is heartburn?

Digestive System What is heartburn? Heartburn, also known acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw. Heartburn is usually associated with regurgitation of gastric acid (gastric reflux) which is the major […]

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How to treat Heartburn

Digestive System How to treat Heartburn The treatment of heartburn depends on the underlying cause. Over-the-counter antacids are commonly used to neutralize stomach acid. You should take antacids exactly as directed by your doctor, or according to the manufacturer’s directions. If you are using the tablets, chew them well before swallowing for faster relief. Serious […]

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How to prevent heartburn

Digestive System How to prevent heartburn Don’t go to bed with a full stomach. Eat meals at least two to three hours before lying down. Don’t overeat. Decrease the size of portions at meal times, or try eating four to five small meals instead of three large ones. Eat slowly. Take time to eat — […]

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How do I know if I have heartburn?

Digestive System How do I know if I have heartburn? Your description of your symptoms may be all a doctor requires to diagnose heartburn, but sometimes additional testing may be┬ánecessary. The esophagus can be viewed through an endoscope (a long, thin, flexible tube inserted through the mouth.) Sometimes, your doctor may recommend a 24-hour esophageal […]

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects your large intestine (colon), causing abdominal discomfort. Despite these uncomfortable signs and symptoms, IBS doesn’t cause permanent damage to your colon. Most people with IBS find that symptoms improve as they learn to control their condition. In many cases, you can control irritable bowel syndrome […]

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