The Causes of Heartburn and Indigestion

There are a lot many reasons behind the occurrence of the heartburn but some which are more prominent are described here which will surely help you to get escape from heartburn and its symptoms.

  • Additives containing caffeine:

Coffee, tea and many other drinks have caffeine in their composition and the caffeine present ion these drinks relaxes the LES (lower esophageal sphincter) due to which the contents of the stomach are refluxed back into the esophagus and heartburn is felt.

  • Chocolate:

Chocolate normally contains theobromine which is a naturally occurring compound in cocoa, tea and coffee plants and this compound is responsible for the relaxation of the LES and which ultimately results in heartburn.

  • Fried and fatty foods:

The foods which are fried or contain more fats are hard to digest and that’s why they remain in the stomach for longer time and due to them other food. This delay in the digestion of food and its presence in the stomach for longer time exert an increased pressure on the walls of the stomach and this elevated pressure in result exerts pressure on the weakened walls of the LES and this induces acid reflux which leads to heartburn.

  • Products of tomatoes:

The types of food which have more concentration of tomatoes in them like tomato sauce, salsa etc are also a cause of heartburn as they also relax the lower esophageal sphincter.

  • Alcohol:

Alcohol is the thing which when used in high quantity or regularly can cause heartburn as it increases the amount of the stomach acid released and more stomach acid is released in addition to which the lower esophageal sphincter muscles get weak by the use of alcohol and hence reflux of the stomach acid occur.

  • Tobacco:

Another cause of heartburn is the use of tobacco whether it is in the form of cigarette or used directly. As the smoke of the tobacco passes from the lungs into the blood stream the walls of the lower esophageal sphincter get weakened and hence results in heartburn.

  • Large consumption of food:

If we eat up to our mouth then this can cause heartburn as the stomach full of food exerts extra pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter and due to which acid reflux and heartburn is felt. To avoid such condition it is always advisable to eat a little less then your hunger.

  • Fruits containing citric acid:

The citric acid present in citrus fruits and juices relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and quite evidently which results in heartburn.

  • Eating before going to bed:

Lying suddenly after having meal can cause reflux of stomach contents as the lower esophageal sphincter is pressed heard by lying and this result in the upward movement of the food.

  • Tight dressing:

The tight dressing which causes the fitting around the abdomen like fitting belts or undergarments used to get a slenderized shape exerts pressure on the stomach and squeeze it which in return push the stomach contents upward and hence heartburn is caused.