Heartburn or burning is a burning sensation in the pit of the stomach that usually rises up the throat through the esophagus, leaving us with a bitter or acid taste. It usually occurs an hour after eating, and is more common at night, when you are lying down or bending over.
We have all experienced this sensation at times due to the consumption of some foods or certain drugs (antihypertensives, oral contraceptives, anxiolytics, etc.) or in specific situations, such as pregnancy.
While experiencing it in a timely manner is not a great concern, the real problem arises when heartburn appears frequently and continuously. In this case it is possible that there is a gastroesophageal reflux problem to be evaluated.
It is for this reason that we present you with certain recommendations that you can put into practice together with the recommendations of your doctor if you suffer from this problem (or if you want to prevent it). Take note!
Avoid heartburn or burning: a matter of good habits
Many times we do not realize that our habits can little by little aggravate our state of health until it is too late and something bothers us or hurts us. So we go to the doctor and he, to our great surprise, does not prescribe a medicine, but gives us a series of guidelines to improve our lifestyle habits.
There are several studies that state that we know very little about the reason for heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux. Even so, researchers and health experts affirm that it is important to pay attention to lifestyle habits, since many times a risk factor is precisely among these.
For example, consuming ultra-processed foods regularly and eating a diet rich in junk food is a risk factor for heartburn or burning and many other gastrointestinal complaints. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid its consumption as much as possible and in the day to day give preference to a balanced diet, such as the one proposed by the real food movement .