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Dealing with heartburn

13 Oct 2009
13/10/09 The Star
Heartburn is an irritation of the esophagus that is caused by stomach acid. This discomfort may spread in waves upward into your throat, and you may have a sour taste in your mouth. With gravity's help, a muscular valve called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES keeps stomach acid in the stomach. The LES is located where the esophagus meets the stomach, below the rib cage and slightly left of center. Normally it opens to allow food into the stomach. But if the LES opens too often or does not close tight enough, stomach acid can reflux, or seep, into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. Heartburn is caused by an under-active lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, that doesn't tighten as it should. Heartburn may cause problems with swallowing, burping, nausea, or bloating. These symptoms can sometimes last up to two hours or longer.
For some people, heartburn symptoms may cause sleep problems, chronic cough or asthma. Many people take non-prescription antacids or mild occasional heartburn. Antacids can cause levels of the stomach acid hydrochloric acid (HCL) to fall too low. Without enough HCI, food isn't completely digested. On your next visit to the pharmacy, you may want to consider trying the alternative, Lifestream Biogenic Aloe Vera Juice.
For centuries, Aloe Vera was used as a remedy for heartburn and many digestive and gastrointestinal disorders. Through the years many people have reported that taking Aloe Vera juice has given them relief from heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (lBS), gastritis,
ulcers, and other disorders related to problems in the gastrointestinal system Aloe Vera helps relieve heartburn and restore balance in the digestive system in several ways:
Aloe Vera is an extremely good and soothing demulcent. It coats the lining of the stomach and intestines and help to settle the stomach. It contains at least three anti inflammatory fatty acids that are helpful for the stomach, Aloe Vera helps relieve heartburn and restore balance to the digestive system, small intestine and colon. Aloe Vera helps to maintain friendly intestinal bacteria and helps to prevent yeast or fungus proliferation.
By restoring balance to the digestive system, restoring the beneficial "friendly" bacteria and reducing inflammation, the body is better able to absorb nutrients. This can have a huge impact on a person's overall well being.
Dr Jeffrey Bland, in his paper, "Effect of Orally Consumed Aloe Vera Juice on Gastrointestinal Function in Normal Human Beings", concluded that Aloe Vera helps reduce bloating after meals and reduce flatulence, indicating improved colonic bacterial function.
The International Aloe Science Council (lASC) has certified Lifestream Biogenic Aloe Vera Inner "Gel Juice to be pure, potent and active. It is prepared exclusively from organically grown Aloe Barbadensis which uses only the clear, active "Inner Gel". It is GE Free, suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Lifestream Aloe Vera Inner Gel Juice is the No.1 best selling aloe in New Zealand and Australia.
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