Ways to Prevent and Cure Heartburn


What is Heartburn?

When we eat, food normally enters the stomach. A band of muscle at the end of the esophagus, called the lower esophageal spincter, then closes off the esophagus.

Heartburn can occur when the sphincter does not properly close. The acidic content of the stomach backs up into the esophagus causing irritation and pain.

Digestive Enzymes

A full stomach can put extra pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and increase the chances that food will reflux and cause heartburn.

Digestive enzyme supplements contain enzymes that help break down food and aid digestion. Digestive enzyme supplements are usually a combination of enzymes that break down protein (protease), break down carbohydrates (amylase), and break down fats (lipase).

Here are some suggestions on what to look for in an enzyme supplement:

Ratios of the different enzymes vary. For holiday heartburn, a supplement with the highest ratio of lipase might…

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