Those massive Austin meals might be giving you heartburn. Time to see a doctor?

Those massive Austin meals might be giving you heartburn. Time to see a doctor?

They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and if they’re talking about some of the gargantuan food portions that are getting served up in Austin on a daily basis, they are unquestionably right.

Some truly titanic proportions are on offer at various local eateries (the delicious three-quarter pound breakfast taco at Juan In A Million, anyone?). All this massive food might sound like the perfect recipe for heartburn -- and you’d be exactly right -- but it’s not just huge proportions that might be giving you heartburn.

One of the most prevalent causes of heartburn is consuming too much in a single sitting. If you’ve eaten perhaps more than would be considered suitable for one meal, the construction of your stomach might make it impossible for your esophagus to close properly, thus allowing painful acid to make its way upwards. This brings on that familiar heartburn feeling. Cutting down on your portion sizes can help combat heartburn, but it might not end the issue entirely.

Some foods can bring on heartburn on their own, regardless of how much or little you eat. Some foods high in acid content, such as citrus fruits or tomatoes, can induce heartburn in many sufferers. While you may not have to avoid these foods entirely, knowing that they can trigger heartburn can to make it easier to avoid the pain.

For more common heartburn-causing choices and foods check out this Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic. If persistent heartburn is troubling you, it might be time to have your primary care doctor recommend a good gastroenterologist in Austin to help you address the problem before it becomes worse.

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Simple suggestions to combat heartburn

Kick your heartburn to the curb by avoiding these heartburn triggers. If you’re still suffering, consult with a San Antonio gastroenterologist. He or she can give you personalized treatment that will help you combat your heartburn issues.

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