The Top Reasons Why Heartburn Gets Worse As Wyomingites Get Older
Getting older, just plain sucks. There's no way to steer around it, it does.
- your eyes start to fade and bifocals are needed
- it takes you longer to recover from an injury
- hangovers need multiple day recovery
- you can't eat the same foods you used to be able to without heartburn
I've come to realize that Toby Keith's song "As Good As I Once Was" turns out to be a non-fiction song.
Can you remember a time when you'd go to the bar, then get fast food restaurant on the way home and wake up with no issues the next morning? Ahhhh, the good old days.
Now, you may have to turn to the bottle to get relief. I'm not talking about a bottle of wine, whiskey or beer, but antacid or pepto-bismo.
It happens to the best of us. I can't seem to eat any type of sauce on Italian food anymore without a case of 'good lord I can't sleep, am I dying' coming on. I never really think about the possible after-effects of the food, so I never pre-plan by taking an antacid right after I eat. I just let it kick in and kick by butt.
Here are some of the signs of heartburn
- burning in your chest
- pains in the chest
- hard to swallow
- burping up food or sour liquid
- throat issues
- voice issues
- sleep issues
If you frequently get acid reflux, how do you combat it? For me, an antacid tablet usually works. I've also started making notes of the foods, times and solutions of heartburn for me.
There are reasons why, as you get older, heartburn gets worse. Some of them are hared to handle, but make sense.
- The muscles in your esophagus get weaker as you age. Lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is the barrier between stomach acid and esophagus.
- Your 'gettin' older weight' is making you more likely to have heartburn
- Medicines you're taking can have heartburn as a side effect
- As your age increases, your body and digestive system slows down and causes the food to stay in your stomach longer
- Could be a medical issue, like a Hiatal Hernia.
I said it at the beginning of this article...
getting older just plain sucks.
If you're prone to heartburn, you may try some of these tips offered by livestrong.com
- Always have heartburn medicines - baking soda & water (a favorite of my Grandparents) antacid tablets, Pepto Bismo, Pepcid, Zantac or Prilosec
- Change up your diet - Lay off all the spicy, acidic, fatty foods and make note of which ones are triggers
- Sleep differently - finding a sleep position that raises your head a little will keep the acid out of your esophagus
- Relax and relieve stress - breathing exercises, stretching, or other helpful options to relax your mind and body.
Good luck trying to cross heartburn off your list of ailments, it may help you have a little more enjoyment in life.