No symptom of the disease is taken so lightly as heartburn. Rare are the people who come to the doctor for heartburn, as are those who can boast that they have never suffered from heartburn. Most consider heartburn their own problem; for them it is only the repayment of debt for pleasures and exaggerations in eating and drinking.

People believe that heartburn is the result of an increased amount of gastric juice, i.e. an increased amount of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. It is true that it occurs more often in people who have an increased amount of stomach acid, but it can also occur when the amount of stomach acid is reduced. Heartburn can occur even in those people who do not have stomach, hydrochloric acid (anacid stomach) in their stomach at all.

Heartburn and acid indicate that processed foods and stomach acid break through to the oral cavity causing a sour taste in it and pain caused by acid. heartburn indicates that the stomach produces more acid than is needed for digestion, and is caused by consuming foods that themselves contain a lot of acid as well as nicotine and alcohol that stimulate the secretion of more acid.

Heartburn is a symptom of all inflammation of the esophageal mucosa regardless of the cause. It also occurs in sudden, acute infections of the upper respiratory tract, pharynx, larynx and trachea. Sudden, acute gastritis is regularly accompanied by heartburn. Such inflammation can occur by taking highly irritants and alcoholic beverages and by food poisoning. Stronger stimuli in the stomach cause reflexively increased salivation. Frequent ingestion of saliva causes ingestion of air that accumulates in an increased amount in the stomach. This causes burping; part of the stomach contents enters the pharynx, so there is talk of acid regurgitation. Such gastritis is also accompanied by pain in the spleen, dry tongue, nausea, thirst, loss of appetite and vomiting, usually with constipation for three days. In long-term, chronic gastritis, heartburn is a constant and almost regular occurrence after meals; the symptom is an ulcer on the duodenum, less frequently on the stomach, regularly on the esophagus; it is complained of by pregnant women, especially when it appears on an empty stomach, mostly in late pregnancy.

Heartburn is very often psychogenic. It occurs in nervous people usually after meals. Which way can be seen much more pronounced signs formed on a "nervous basis". In such persons there is a spasm of the esophagus which feels like heartburn, like "warmth or discomfort behind the heart." Sometimes there is a very sour belching after eating, and there is an excessive feeling of hunger or disgust for eating. Diarrhea, headache, tingling in the hands may also occur. The more signs, the more likely it is that the disturbances are just due to nerves. People with heartburn only occasionally and for a short time must follow a reasonable diet, limit or completely stop drinking alcohol, limit smoking and drinking black coffee, avoid strong spices.

Most remedies only help if the heartburn is caused by an increased amount of stomach acid. The most famous remedy is baking soda because it cancels (neutralizes) excess hydrochloric acid in the stomach. However, taking baking soda in larger amounts and over a long period of time can lead to severe changes in the body as it creates large amounts of carbon dioxide when combined with hydrochloric acid. The gas swells the stomach and there is a feeling of tension and pain in the abdomen. Excess gas from the stomach is removed by belching.


- The most effective remedy for heartburn is fasting
- Avoid nicotine and alcohol as they stimulate the secretion of stomach acid
- Eat only light foods and vegetables
- Avoid meat, spicy foods, refined flour and sugar
- Eat as smaller portions as possible in order to keep food in the stomach as short as possible
- Lose weight if you are overweight
- Instead of fluids that irritate the stomach, drink mineral water, vegetable juices and teas
- Excess stomach acid will be neutralized by freshly squeezed potato juice with water and milk
- Common centaury tea will improve digestion
- Teas made from chamomile, fennel, basil, marjoram, lemon balm and turmeric
- Try to move as much as possible to improve digestion


Heartburn can also be a dangerous threat, especially if it is associated with other signs of the disease: swallowing problems, constant vomiting, severe abdominal pain, general malaise, elevated temperature.