Health and Fitness: Heartburn and Acid Reflux Article Category

If you go to bed right after eating a heavy meal loaded with spices, then it's pretty much a safe assumption you're going to have heartburn. It's estimated that as many as one-third of the people living in the United States experience this problem. Heartburn affects 20 percent of Americans at least once a week and seven percent every day.

Pain behind the chest bone together with belching up sour-tasting substances is what known as heartburn. People get heartburn because some foods, mixed with stomach acid and bile, flow back up the esophagus instead of staying in the stomach where it belongs. The esophagus wasn't design to have stomach acid touching it so it gets burned which creates the pain we know as heartburn. A weak muscle between the stomach and esophagus is responsible for not keeping substances in the stomach.

Heartburn is the consequence of acid entering the esophagus and burning it, but it's also possible that it's the result of problems with the gallbladder as well. Let's look more into the relationship between heartburn and gallbladder issues.

The gallbladder is an organ that stores bile, necessary for the digestion of fat. Bile is made in the liver. If something goes wrong with the gallbladder, people develop heartburn: pain behind the chest bone, burping and general feeling of indigestion. Eating heavy meals that have a lot of fat causes heartburn.

Unfortunately, some people have to have their gallbladder removed and as a result they have a difficult time digesting fat which now increases the possibility of bouts with heartburn. The undigested fat material increases the quantity of acid in the stomach which flows into the esophagus and burns it.

Frequent heartburn, over time, will have severe consequences with regard to being healthy. An examination and consultation by your doctor can prevent serious problems if you're dealing with heartburn on a regular basis.

It is also possible to develop a condition in the gallbladder which is identified as gallstones. Gallstones occur when cholesterol and bilirubin mix to create different sizes of stones. They occur in people over the age of fifty-five, are rapidly losing weight, who are obese, and women.

Some of the symptoms of gallstones include things fever, jaundice, rapid heartbeat and acute pain in the upper stomach, which can be a sign of inflammation or blocked bile duct. These symptoms need prompt emergency attention and should not be ignored.

The common thread with regard to both a heartburn and gallbladder attack is eating food that is fatty. The first thing to do to prevent this from happening is to monitor what's being eating. Eating smaller meals, meals that have "good" cholesterol and fiber in them are another way to prevent heartburn, whether it's the result of the muscle between the esophagus and stomach not sealing properly or it's the result of gallbladder issues. It is much better to try changing the lifestyle than going for the medication, since most have undesired side effects. If your heartburn is extreme are is combined with other bodily issues, don't tough it out, get proper medical threat ASAP. Only a trained medical professional, with the proper equipment, can determine if the correct diagnosis has been reached.