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Cure Your Heartburn

Cure Your Heartburn

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Published by: fieldinspector on Aug 27, 2009
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On What Is Going To Be “A New You”You are about to experience a new life that isfree of heartburn and acid reflux!
First of all I would like to thank you for purchasing a copy of my ebook “Cure Your Heartburn”.Although the book is not 2 or 3 hundred pages long, the information that itcontains will help you understand your digestive system, why youexperience heartburn, G.E.R.D. or acid reflux, and what you can do to stopit.Before we get started, let's take a look at the terminology the medicalcommunity uses to describe digestive problems.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is a burning sensation, which is felt primarily in your chest behind your breastbone. Because this feeling or sensation is felt in the center of your chest near your heart, the medicalcommunity has termed this condition as “heartburn.”Sometimes the pain is so bad it feels like your having a heart attack. If your  pain persists for any length of time or the pain is extending out to your armor jaw, you should seek medical help immediately.
What is reflux or acid reflux?
It is the medical term given for any stomachcontents when they overcome the Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve at theend of your esophagus, and then enter into the esophagus.Whether it is the actual liquid, or the acidic stomach gases, it is still reflux.Even a simple burp or vomiting would be classified as reflux.
What is G.E.R.D.?
G.E.R.D. or "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease" is not adisease at all, but rather plain old reflux, with a fancy name. This can be aresult of a faulty "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve that is damaged andswollen, and fails to close properly. Or it could be a stomach problem, suchasGastritis, (sore and inflamed stomach)H.pylori bacterium(a food or  water-borne bacteria that presents in the stomach)Peptic Ulcers,or just beingoverly acidic.All of these things can increase the pressure in the stomach, and increased pressure will force the "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve to open, justenough to allow reflux.
What is Indigestion?
It is a general term for burping or belching, stomachache, gas, flatulence or just being too acidic. Upset stomach can also be brought on by feelings such as rage, fear, or impatience.Some of the most common causes of indigestion are
( yeastinfection) food allergies,
H.pylori bacterium
(inflamed stomach)dairy products, gastric or duodenum ulcers.There are basically two things that cause reflux:(1)Your "Lower Esophageal Sphincter" valve has sustained some damageand fails to close properly, allowing the acidic stomach fumes or gases toreflux and enter your esophagus.(2)You have a stomach problem that is increasing the pressure in your stomach, it will force the Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve open and allowthe acidic stomach gases to reflux into your esophagus.If you have a damaged esophagus when this reflux occurs, you willexperience a pain or burning sensation in your chest when these acidic gasescome in contact with this damage.
Lower Esophageal Sphincter or L.E.S.
The Lower Esophageal or L.E.S. is situated between the lower end of theesophagus, and the top of the stomach. The L.E.S. is a little ring of musclethat is forced open when you swallow, and permits the food or drink to enter 
your stomach. After the food or drink passes through the LES itimmediately closes up again to prevent the stomach contents from re-fluxingor entering the esophagus. Much like a pressure valve, the LES function is tohold the stomach pressure back and prevent reflux.Your L.E.S. is also a very delicate organ that can easily be damaged byswallowing harsh and crunchy foods that have not been completely chewedup properly.When the L.E.S. valve is damaged it can also become swollen and then failsto close-up tightly, allowing the stomach gases to seep by and reflux intoyour esophagus.The moment that you put food into your mouth and begin to start chewing,the salivary glands start producing saliva. The saliva mixes with the food tomake it moist, which aids in swallowing. The more we chew our food themore we extract the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function properly.It is the saliva, which helps lubricate the "Upper Esophageal Sphincter" andthe "Esophagus", so the food will move easier down your food pipe, on its journey to the stomach. A little sip of water will also aid in swallowing.When you swallow, the esophagus performs a wavy-squeezing action thatactually squeezes the food down toward your stomach. The medical term for this procedure is called “peristalsis”.If you picture cutting the end off a sausage and then squeezing it you will seehow the contents of the sausage exit, leaving the casing empty. That is basically how the esophagus moves the food down towards the L.E.S. andthen into the stomach.The walls of the esophagus are made up of very smooth and delicate cells,which can be damaged easily, if they are abused. As the food moves downthrough your esophagus it will come to a valve-like organ called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES.

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