What's Causing My Heartburn?
posted: Feb. 15, 2021.
Discover the common culprits behind heartburn.
Heartburn is a common problem that will happen to everyone at some point during their lifetime; however, if heartburn has been showing up rather frequently, then you may be inspecting your diet and lifestyle to figure out what could be causing this unpleasant issue. From the office of our New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologists, here’s what could be to blame for your heartburn,
That miserable burning sensation you’re experiencing (most likely after eating)? That’s caused by stomach acid making its way back up through the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is supposed to stop acid from flowing into the esophagus but sometimes the sphincter is weak or doesn’t properly work.
If you are dealing with heartburn, you’ll want to look at your diet first. Many foods can increase your risk for heartburn including,
- Acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits, coffee, and tomatoes
- Fatty, fried foods
- Spicy foods
- Carbonated beverages
If you have a habit of eating heavy meals, especially at night, you may want to trade that big meal for smaller meals throughout the day. Also, make sure to avoid eating anything about 2-3 hours before bedtime. If these simple dietary changes don’t improve your heartburn then it’s time to talk with our New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologists.
Certain medications also can exacerbate or even cause heartburn symptoms. These medications include,
- NSAID pain relievers such as aspirin and ibuprofen
- Blood pressure medication
- Anxiety medications
If you think that your medication is to blame for your heartburn, you must talk with your doctor right away. Do not stop taking your medication unless otherwise instructed by a qualified medical professional.
Your Habits and Lifestyle
Other factors can also increase your risk of heartburn. You may be prone to acid reflux if,
- You smoke
- You’re pregnant
- You are overweight or obese
If you are dealing with heartburn at least two or more times a week you must turn to our New Lenox, IL, gastroenterologists to find out what you can do to get this problem under control. Call Digestive Diseases Consultants today at (815) 937-5200 to schedule an appointment.