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Constant heartburn can cause asthma.
(26.06.2010) People who suffer from severe heartburn or reflux disease (also GERD = gastroesophageal reflux disease) are at very high risk of developing bronchial asthma. However, the risk can be reduced if patients change their lifestyle and lifestyle. Over 50 percent of asthmatics suffer from reflux disease.
Heartburn is characterized by burning in the abdomen, esophagus and throat. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness and chronic increased regurgitation. Heartburn is favored by fatty foods, hot spices, overeating and citrus fruits.
Avoid coffee, hot spices, smoking and late evening food.
However, the subsequent asthma can be prevented, as explained by the head of the pulmonary clinic at Grafschaft Monastery in Schmallenberg in North Rhine-Westphalia, Prof. Dieter Köhler. "Heartburn is usually favored by poor nutrition, lack of exercise and being overweight". If patients change their lifestyles, heartburn can be reduced and the risk of bronchial asthma can be averted. "That means eating smaller meals and not too late - that is, several hours before bedtime. In addition, overweight people should reduce their weight, exercise or at least exercise regularly." Also avoid coffee and alcohol better, especially since both stimulants also relax the porter's muscles promote what favors the reflux disease, "explains Köhler.
Heartburn can promote an asthmatic illness.
Over 50 percent of asthma sufferers are affected by reflux disease. "We now know that heartburn can actually drive the development of an asthmatic disease," explains Köhler. The gatekeeper muscle is relaxed during reflux. This allows gastric acid to enter the trachea unhindered when belching. Smallest drops of stomach acid are inhaled when belching. The opposite leads to certain changes in the immune system that are typical of bronchial asthma. "After chronic inhalation of gastric acid, the immune system can demonstrably derail so much that the risk of developing bronchial asthma increases significantly," warns Prof. Köhler.
Naturopathy can relieve heartburn.
Naturopathy can relieve heartburn. Tea blends, for example. made from calamus root (20g), yarrow (20g) and peppermint (10g) stimulates the stomach muscles and accelerates gastric emptying. Infusions from chamomile flowers and juniper berries also have a calming and soothing effect. The latter should not be used for treatment during pregnancy. Healing earth mixed in water or as a capsule reduces the amount of acid. (sb)
Stephanie Hofschlaeger, Pixelio.de.