Heartburn affects an estimated 60 million Americans at least once a month, with approximately 15 million of those individuals experiencing it daily. Most experience this burning pain of indigestion shortly after eating or upon lying down. Heartburn is becoming more common than ever due to unhealthy lifestyles and poor eating habits, and the most common way of dealing with heartburn is taking an over-the-counter medication such as an antacid to help relieve symptoms. Medications may offer relief for a time, but unless the root cause is resolved, the heartburn can start to occur more frequently and lead to other complications. Chiropractic care with Dr. Grant Lisetor at Greater Life Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective way of alleviating heartburn symptoms.
What Causes Heartburn?
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid flows into the esophagus. This backward flow of stomach acid causes the uncomfortable pain and burning sensation associated with heartburn. Heartburn is one of the most common digestive complaints, but it isn’t considered a disease unless it starts occurring more frequently. Frequent heartburn can lead to GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD can be a dangerous condition since it regularly irritates the lining of the esophagus and causes inflammation.
Heartburn Causes and Symptoms
While the most common symptom of heartburn is an uncomfortable burning in the chest or upper abdomen, it can also cause difficulty sleeping, problems swallowing, pain and inflammation in the throat, burping, bloating, nausea, a bad taste in the mouth, and loss of appetite. While the cause of heartburn isn’t always known, many contributing factors can trigger it, with the most common factor being diet. Allergies, food sensitivities, and a poor diet consisting of fried foods, alcohol, and sugar all play a part in indigestion. Some lifestyle factors can play a huge role in digestive health as well, including stress, body weight, and a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Grant Lisetor can provide you with chiropractic care that treats not only your heartburn symptoms, but also the root cause of the issues so you can enjoy optimal health.
Heartburn Prevention and Care
There are several diet and lifestyle changes that may help manage or prevent heartburn from occurring. Several ways have shown to be effective, including the following:
- Losing weight (if overweight)
- Stopping smoking
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol and caffeine from your diet
- Avoiding acidic foods such as citrus, tomatoes, chocolate, fried foods, and carbonated drinks
- Reducing or eliminating anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin
- Eating smaller meals
- Not eating within 2 or 3 hours of lying down
- Seeing a chiropractor regularly
How Can Chiropractic Help?
Although the most common treatment prescribed by medical doctors for the relief of heartburn is antacids, these types of medications can actually cause side effects that can worsen your digestive system. Unless lifestyle and diet changes are made, heartburn will continue. Chiropractic has been shown to greatly benefit those who are suffering from heartburn. When there are misalignments in the spine, they can put pressure on the stomach and esophagus. This negatively affects the nerves and spinal cord, thus interrupting the proper function of the digestive system. Seeing your Charlotte chiropractor regularly can help restore normal function to the digestive system.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with heartburn symptoms, contact us today at Greater Life Chiropractic. Dr. Grant Lisetor and his team specialize in holistic and natural chiropractic care and are available to help you get to the root of your digestive concerns. Our goal is to help you heal so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
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