Did you know wearing tight clothing could be the cause heartburn? The constant pressure against the stomach will put pressure on the lower esophageal (LES) sphincter and will allow food to go into the esophagus.
Other reasons for heartburn include what we eat, when we eat and how much we eat. You know that fatty foods are a no-no, late night snacks should be avoided and over eating is always bad.
For a list of potentially irritating foods, see Acid Reflux Food To Avoid .
But, do not let the cause of heartburn fool you. The occasional heartburn is not acid reflux. It is important to recognize the other signs of acid reflux. Other symptoms include:
- Intense burning in the chest and/or throat
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Bloating and abdominal discomfort
- Pressure in the chest, throat, or stomach
- Belching, burping, or sour taste in the mouth
- Excessive saliva
- Dry cough, or feeling of something stuck in the back of the throat
- Bitter, sour taste from backup of stomach acid entering the esophagus and throat
Stop popping the Tums or Rolaids if you experience the symptoms listed above. See your family physician to determine if the cause of heartburn is really something else.
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