Understanding Heartburn

Understanding Heartburn

What is heartburn and why does it occur? Part of heartburn is gravitational in effect because when you lay down, the stomach acid actually can move through the stomach, past the valve if the valve has any defect, and get into the esophagus. That esophagus is not meant to sustain acid and when that acid gets in there, it causes irritation and pain. That is what you perceive as heartburn.

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What is Heartburn?

What is Heartburn?

Heartburn is certainly a health problem that is annoying. Basically, here’s what happens in heartburn. The esophagus is a tube that goes from the mouth down into the stomach. When acid escapes from the stomach, it goes into the esophagus. The esophagus lining is not meant for acid. It can’t buffer it the way the stomach can. As a result, a person feels the pain, and with that pain of the heartburn comes an irritation. That gastric irritation can be extremely painful at night.

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Broccoli Sprouts Could Reduce Levels of Dangerous Stomach Bacteria

Broccoli Sprouts Could Reduce Levels of Dangerous Stomach Bacteria

There’s new information that broccoli sprouts could reduce dangerous stomach bacteria. It’s a small study of 48 Japanese people infected with the stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori and it suggests that eating broccoli could reduce levels of this dangerous bug. Helicobacter pylori can cause ulcers and even stomach cancer. In the study, participants either ate 30 days of all broccoli sprouts, for 30 consecutive days, or an equivalent amount of alfalfa sprouts. Researchers measured the level of pH. They also looked at H. pylori in the patients after eight weeks. They found that those eating broccoli had reduced levels of the bug. For those eating the alfalfa sprouts, not so much. This research was done at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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