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Heartburn 101 - The Mechanisms of Heartburn

What causes heartburn, how it can be treated, how it can be prevented

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Updated May 12, 2008

Facts And Myths About Heartburn

  • Your Digestive System and How It Works
    Knowing how your digestive system is supposed to work will help you understand what's happening when something goes wrong.

  • Facts and Fallacies About Digestive Diseases
    There are several misconceptions about common digestive disorders. Learn the facts.

  • 10 Heartburn Facts You Should Know
    Did you know appropriately 60 million adult American suffer from heartburn at least once a month, and about 25 million adult American suffer from heartburn daily? This is one of the facts about heartburn. Learn what the others are.

  • 10 Heartburn Myths You Should Know the Truth About
    Popular heartburn myths, and the real truth about what heartburn is.

  • What Does Heartburn Feel Like?
    Are you are wondering if the discomfort you are feeling is heartburn? Or do you want to understand what your friend or loved one is feeling when they experience a bout of heartburn? To find the answers, learn what heartburn feels like.

  • Heartburn and Exercise
    Exercise is rarely the cause of heartburn if a person doesn't suffer from chronic heartburn otherwise. But some exercises can induce episodes of acid reflux. Acid reflux usually happens during certain types of exercise, not necessarily during all exercise. Tips on exercising without heartburn.

  • Heartburn and Smoking
    If you smoke, consider stopping or decreasing the amount you smoke. This is a wise decision for a few reasons.

  • Heartburn and Alcohol
    Alcohol can have several unpleasant affects on heartburn sufferers. It is best to avoid alcohol as much as possible if you suffer from acid reflux. But there are a few tips that may make it possible for you to enjoy alcoholic beverages if consumed in moderation.

What Causes Heartburn

  • 10 Most Frequent Causes of Heartburn / Acid Reflux
    There are several causes of heartburn / acid reflux. There are those that are the most frequent causes of heartburn. Finding out what these are can help you make changes in your lifestyle and habit so you can prevent the acid reflux from happening.

  • Foods that can worsen heartburn
    One way to lessen heartburn episodes is to change your diet. There are certain foods that can worsen heartburn symptoms, and it's best for chronic heartburn sufferers to limit or completely avoid these foods and beverages. So, what are the most problematic foods for heartburn sufferers?

  • Medications That May Cause Heartburn
    It isn't just food that can cause heartburn. Sometimes it's the medications we take to treat other conditions that can be the culprit. Some medications can cause heartburn by relaxing the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.

  • Gastric Disorders That Cause Heartburn
    There are several digestive disorders, such as GERD, ulcers and hiatal hernias, that can cause heartburn symptoms. Knowing the facts will help in the treatment and prevention of heartburn.

Treating Heartburn

Preventing Heartburn

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