WebMD tells us that there are many things that can trigger your heartburn. If you are scientific about it in eliminating what foods may trigger your symptoms of acid reflux you may be able to control your heartburn better with dietary changes. Using a heartburn log may be one way to go in order to narrow down what foods you have eaten that may cause too much acid to build up in your stomach. You may even find out that heartburn isn’t even related to the food you ate and instead is triggered by a certain event or activity. Here is your guide to some unusual things that trigger your heartburn.
Lying down may be a trigger for your heartburn especially after you just ate. With excess food and acid in your stomach it may back up into your esophagus if you are lying with your stomach flat. The trick to avoiding this heartburn trigger is to have your chest be higher than your stomach. Sitting up is the easiest way to do that. If you must lie down on a bed or couch you will have to elevate the side of the bed that your head is on by a few inches. You can do this by putting a brick under each of the two bed legs by your head.
Pills and medications taken orally often say it should be taken with food. The reason is that certain medications can be hard on your stomach and can produce a lot of excess acid as your stomach may not be used to the medication. Food can help make better use of the stomach acid and keep it where it belongs. Sleeping pills taken at night can be attributed to nighttime heartburn according to MedicineNet.com.
Smoking is hard on your digestive system. The National Institutes of Health say that smoking weakens the lower esophageal sphincter that separates the esophagus from the stomach and can let stomach acid creep up and cause heartburn. Smoking in general is bad for you and you can add the possibility of heartburn as another reason to quit the smoking habit.
Soda contains carbonic acid to form the bubbles in the soft drink. Add this acidity to your stomach and you have many different kinds of acid swirling around that can cause problems. In a 2005 study and survey, doctors in Arizona found that out of 15,000 respondents about 25 percent have heartburn as they sleep. Due to a high level of acidity in soda they believe that having a soda right before bed is not the best thing if you want to avoid heartburn.
Factors causing sleep apnea can also cause heartburn the same study concluded. High blood pressure, asthma, and being overweight can all cause sleep apnea and also nighttime heartburn. Being aware of this can lead to lifestyle changes that can help with heartburn.
If you feel like you are having abnormally severe heartburn consult with your doctor about what could be causing your symptoms. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as actual medical advice.