Heartburn Indigestion

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Hannah Neal Most people have suffered from heartburn and indigestion… Most people have suffered from heartburn and indigestion at least once in their life. Heartburn and indigestion can be very annoying or hurtful if ignored. Luckily, there are products to help with heartburn and indigestion. These products are antacids. Antacids are any of the many edible ways to help with heartburn, indigestion, and much more. There are many different types. Some are commercial, like the Tums® or Alka-Selzer® brands, usually made from different compounds. Others are natural, like baking soda or apples. Both can work, but it usually depends on how effective they are for yourself. Commercial antacids can be made of calcium carbonate (like Tums®), sodium…show more content…
Heartburn feels like a burning sensation in your throat and chest. It also can be accompanied with an upset stomach, nausea, or vomiting. It can last from a few minutes to hours at a time. The symptoms most times get worse when you lay down, as acid can enter the esophagus easier than when you are standing or sitting. Another thing that can cause heartburn is a disease that is called GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease.) GERD can cause all of the symptoms of heartburn and more. The disease can cause damage to the teeth, esophagus, and throat. It is crucial to get help immediately. Some say that commercial antacids work better. This is not a true or false fact. Everyone's body is different, and everyone reacts in different ways. The chemical compounds in commercial antacids can be useful for many bodies, but not all. Some find that natural antacids help them more. This is an individual thing to decide and discuss with your doctor. In this experiment, the commercial antacid that will be tested it Tums®. Tums® is made of calcium carbonate. It can also be used for people with a calcium deficiency. People use Tums® for their quick relief time and smoothness. Tums® come in varying strengths and sizes, as well as flavors. They…show more content…
The natural antacid used in this experiment is baking soda. Baking soda is not only used for baking. It can be used for a lot of things, such as cleaning or maintaining pool acidity levels. Baking soda by itself tastes kind-of chalky, but if mixed with water it isn't very noticeable. Besides antacids, there are other ways to get rid of heartburn. They are both effective and can help with heartburn/indigestion. They are called Proton Pump Inhibiters (PPI's) and H2 Blockers. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's) help reduce the production of acids in the stomach. They can be dangerous if not used properly. They are also expensive and may not be over the counter. H2 Blockers help with gastric ulcers. They aren’t a really good for regular heartburn, and cannot be used for other symptoms. Antacids are commonly known as Tums® or other commercial antacids. But it is proven that natural antacids work just as well. Again, it just depends on your body type and how it reacts. Although antacids are useful for treating symptoms of heartburn/indigestion, they cannot be
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