Heartburn And Alcohol
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Heartburn And Alcohol - Is There A Connection?
by Archille W Hebert IV
Heartburn is preventing normal living for more than 60 million Americans. Matter of fact, everybody suffers from it at one time or another. People who have frequent attacks of heartburn have a feeling that almost everything they eat causes pain behind the chest bone and burning sensation in the throat. Things like chocolate, pizza, coffee, tomato sauce, garlic and onions, milk and even peppermint can cause problems with our stomachs as well as keep us up at night and make us lethargic at work because of lack of sleep. Everybody different so what may trigger heartburn in one person will have no effect on another, except alcohol, which seems to bother all heartburn sufferers. The situation with heartburn and alcohol is a combination that should be avoided.
The fact of the matter is that our modern life and modern nutritional habits are literally making us sick. Most of us eat a lot of fast food, eat too much greasy or spicy foods, we smoke, work too hard, drink too much coffee, and cope with stress by drinking too much alcohol. It isn't that shocking we have constant heartburn.
The cause of our heartburn problems can be traced to a sphincter, separating the stomach and esophagus, not closing correctly and letting acid from the stomach into the esophagus, which causes pain. Most often, this valve is sensitive to various foods we eat, mostly acidic and greasy ones. These foods are commonly described as heartburn triggers. Liquor represents one of the biggest.
Alcohol also affects how much acid is produced in the stomach which can be a factor with regard to the esophageal valve being loose or not.
If the acid reflux happens often, acid will keep eroding the lining of esophagus, which can end up bleeding and even causing cancer of esophagus. The esophageal tube is even prone to acid from the stomach if it is exposed to liquor.
Another way alcohol affects acid reflux is by delaying emptying of the stomach by relaxing stomach muscles and slowing down the movement of food through stomach. This increases the possibility of acid backing up through the esophageal valve.
Heartburn discomfort will be even more severe as a result of continued acid exposure mixed in with alcohol.
Picture this when it comes to the association regarding heartburn and alcohol: An individual who just ate, drinks enough liquor that causes them to pass out. They wake up with a headache as well as pain in the chest because the mixture of stomach acid and liquor settled in their esophagus and burned it. Most of the time, drinking too much alcohol results not only in a bad hangover but in a painful heartburn as well.
Hearburn will happen if the esophagus is already severely damaged. When it comes to heartburn, most of us know what particular food will bother us and we will try to avoid it. Changing our routine, which can be hard to do, is the answer when it comes overcoming heartburn and alcohol problems.
About the Author
Archille W Hebert IV writes articles on the subject of heartburn. To learn more ways to end your heartburn pain go to Heartburn No More Review
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