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Functional Medicine’s Approach to Heartburn
Heartburn is a common digestive issue that affects many people. It occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest or throat. While occasional heartburn is normal, chronic heartburn can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). At Spire Health Pathways, we offer a functional medicine approach to help you address the root cause of your heartburn and find relief.
What is Heartburn?
Heartburn is a symptom of acid reflux, a condition where stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. When acid from the stomach enters the esophagus, it can cause irritation and a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Heartburn can be mild to severe and can occur after eating certain foods, lying down, or bending over.
Symptoms of Heartburn
The symptoms of heartburn can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include:
- Burning sensation in the chest or throat
- Sour taste in the mouth
- Regurgitation of food or liquid
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry cough
- Hoarseness or sore throat
How Does Heartburn Affect People?
Heartburn can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. The discomfort and pain associated with heartburn can make it difficult to eat, sleep, and engage in daily activities. Chronic heartburn can also lead to more serious conditions such as esophagitis, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer.
Functional Medicine Approach to Treating Heartburn
At Spire Health Pathways, our functional medicine approach to heartburn focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the condition. We take a comprehensive approach to your health, looking at your overall lifestyle, diet, stress levels, and other factors that may be contributing to your heartburn.
Some common approaches to treating heartburn with functional medicine include:
- – Identifying trigger foods and avoiding them
- – Making dietary changes to reduce inflammation and promote gut health
- – Addressing nutrient deficiencies
- – Using supplements such as probiotics and digestive enzymes
- – Managing stress through techniques like meditation or yoga
- – Improving sleep quality
Potential Costs of Heartburn
At Spire Health Pathways, we offer customized treatment plans that are tailored to your specific needs. The cost of treatment will depend on your individual situation, the recommended treatment plan, and the number of visits required. Our team will work with you to determine the most cost-effective and beneficial treatment plan for your needs.
If you’re experiencing heartburn or acid reflux, don’t wait to seek help. Contact Spire Health Pathways today to learn more about our functional medicine approach to treating heartburn and finding relief.
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