Simple suggestions to combat heartburn
Nearly anyone may have the occasional bout of heartburn -- after a late-night movie, following a night of drinks and merriment with friends, after a rich and delicious meal, or following a great meeting with friends over coffee and sweets at your favorite corner bistro.
Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart and is instead a problem associated with stomach acid creeping into the esophagus. The reason heartburn tends to turn up after all these wonderfully entertaining occasions is that these activities often involve common causes of heartburn. These include:
- Late-night snacking
- An overly full stomach
- Ingesting foods such as coffee, tomatoes, onions and chocolate
To see more heartburn-inducing foods as well as signs you may need to see a gastroenterologist, check out this Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic.
To keep heartburn at bay, you don’t have to completely skip out on seeing a late showing at the Alamo Drafthouse, trying out a new dish at Fleming’s steakhouse, or dancing the night away at your favorite San Antonio club. Instead of fearing those activities and events that can cause heartburn, just remember instead to avoid the specific heartburn triggers listed above, and then have yourself a good ol’ time!
For those who have avoided these causes of heartburn but still suffer from it two or more times per week, it may be time to consult with a San Antonio gastroenterologist. He or she can get to the bottom of your heartburn problems and tailor a personalized treatment that will help you combat your heartburn issues.