Natural approach to Heartburn   Many people take anti-acid medication when they get heartburn because they believe that heartburn is caused by excessive secretion of stomach acid.  In fact, it is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). There is a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the junction between the esophagus and stomach, which seals tightly to prevent the reflux. As long as this valve works, food does not go back into the esophagus, even if you do a headstand right after a meal. When the LES doesn’t work properly, GERD happens.   Things that loosen the LES include: Alcohol Soda Orange juice, tomato juice Coffee, tea […]

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