Heartburn is a pain occurring in the middle or the lower part of the chest or at the upper part of the peritoneal cavity. In serious cases the symptoms might spread to the neck, too. They may intensify after meals or changes in the body postition, or they may quit.
Stress, constitutional factors, spring or autumn weather, abundant meals and alcohol consumption may cause enhanced acid production which can induce heartburn, spastic epigastric pain or even diarrhoea. Ulcer, duodenal ulcer or inflammations caused by alcohol consumption, parasites or the side effects of certain medications can provoke heartburn as well.
Antiacid preparations significantly weaken the efficiency of enzymes enabling digestion. As a consequence, digestive problems might form and lead to digestive or absorption disorders. Absorption disorders then cause allergic symptoms, bad wound healing, skin disorders or mood imbalances.
Formation of gastric ulcer
Gastric mucous membrane is irritated by the acid, then causes gastritis, following it turns into gastric ulcer.
Irritating effects of acidity might lead to gastric haemorrhage, or perforation of the stomach wall, which may be dangerous to life.
Hyperacidity is often caused by Helicobacteria pylori infection.
Antiacids are often used to fight heartburn. Their abuse can provoke overalkalescence of the system, which is harmful, too.
Antiacids can cause diarrhoea, nausea, constipation, inflation, vitamin or mineral deficiency.
Protease enzymes start decomposition of proteins already in the stomach, then continue in the small intestine where proteases produced by the body take over the leading role.
Lipase is an enzyme which decomposes lipids into fatty acids and glycerine. During lipid digestion liposoluble nutriments and vitamins become able to be digested through the intestinal mucous membrane and be utilized this way.
Decomposition of carbonhydrates is performed by several enzymes. Amilase enzyme does the partial decomposition of starch. Glycoamilase affects at the end of the molecule chain of starch, while amilase enables inner decomposition of bonds. Cellulase converts cellulose into glucose, enabling decomposition of the fibres.
Potassium-hydrocarbonate: neutralizes superflual acids, discharging carbon-dioxide in the meantime.
Sodium-hydrocarbonate: neutralizes excess acids, releasing carbon-dioxide.
Magnesium-citrate is the salt of citric acid. It is slightly purgative.
Sweet-root (Glycirrhiza glabra L.): a plant native in the Mediterranean region and Asia, however it is cultivated all over the world. It has been used to cure gastric ulcer for a long time. Contratily to antiacid medications, sweet-root inhibits formation of ulcer by stimulating normal defense mechanism. Besides all this, it is an antiphlogistic, expectorant, antispasmodic agent.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla): heals gastric and intestinal disorders, it is antiphlogistic, antispasmodic, antiflautulent and carminative. It is efficient in case of gastric and duodenic ulcers and gastric catarrh, too.