Heart Burn

Most of us have felt it at some time — that uncomfortable burning pressure, deep in our chest, over the heart and sometimes up into the throat. It interferes with our sleep, our work, our thoughts – it can affect every part of the day!

Babies have it, children and adults have it — Acid Reflux, GERD, or Heartburn.

So what is really going on?

The stomach’s job is to produce digestive juices — stomach acids — to protect us from bacteria in our food, and so that food can be mixed with these fluids to be broken down for digestion.

Some of the long list of things we do to interfere with this acid-production process:

• Eating too much

• Drinking fluids during our meal

• Eating spicy or deep fried foods or carbohydrate/high-sugar diets

Where is the Pain?

There are many other factors that can interfere with acid production in the stomach. However, the pain you feel is most likely linked to acid in the esophagus, not in the stomach. The lining of the esophagus is very sensitive and not suited to dealing with a highly acidic environment.

Here are a few simple things to try if acid reflux is an issue for you:

• Drink a large glass of water 20-30 min BEFORE you eat, as you prepare your meal. Drink plenty of water through the day to stay well hydrated.

• Don’t overeat! A general rule of thumb is to eat what can comfortably fit in two handfuls. The stomach can stretch, but there are natural limits.

• Take your time — chew each bite very well.

Why is this important to your chiropractor?

Acid reflux tells us that your brain and your body are not communicating, as they should. We look to two places: your diet and your spine.

The spine is so important because the nerves that travel between the brain and the stomach travel through the neck and upper back. Any change in the normal position or motion of these bones can have a major impact on how well the nerves will be able to do their job in telling the stomach what to do.

This can happen from poor posture repeated for years, or after a trauma like a fall.

Chiropractic adjustments can be very, very gentle, so please contact us today. We treat infants, pregnant women, children, great grandparents and everyone in between. If you have a spine and are interested in health and wellbeing, you should be checked by a qualified professional — your chiropractor.

Bon Appetit!

Dr. Ellen MacPhee is passionate about a holistic approach to health and wellness. She offers chiropractic, acupuncture and nutritional therapy. She moved her practice to Halifax in 2009 and recently launched Sound Chiropractic in Burnside with a second location in Bedford. She is the mother of two busy boys and enjoys spending time with her family in their community.

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