About Heartburn and Gas


Many people get heartburn and gas, at least once in a while.


That's not so surprising when you consider that so many everyday activities can trigger it. Overeating, eating too fast, eating spicy or fatty foods, consuming alcohol and tobacco and other behaviors can result in excess gas and acid.


It's excess stomach acid, in fact, that causes sour stomach, stomach upset, acid indigestion, and the burning sensation you know as heartburn. Heartburn symptoms occur when acid moves from its natural place in the stomach up into the food pipe (esophagus). Heartburn's burning pains usually start under the breastbone, at the bottom of the esophagus and sometimes radiate upward.


Other symptoms include general discomfort and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness. All of these symptoms can interfere with everyday activities.


Causes of Heartburn


One thing that makes heartburn so common is that so many common things trigger it. After all, the acid that causes heartburn is present every time you eat. That's normal, and usually not a cause of heartburn. Trouble starts when stomach acid enters your esophagus. Things that can trigger this include food and stress, pregnancy, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). MORE 


Heartburn that Breaks Through


For many people suffering from persistent heartburn symptoms, prescription strength medications offer a welcome relief. But there are many people who will find their heartburn will break through, especially at night, even while they are taking a prescription heartburn medication. MORE 


Causes and Treatment of Gas


The uncomfortable bloating, pressure and discomfort of gas strikes when you have more gas than normal. Certain diet changes, foods and, when necessary, medicines can help your body get rid of excess gas and its symptoms. MORE 


Maintaining Digestive Health


Heartburn and gas are not the only digestive problems that require occasional treatment. Fortunately, many of the heartburn prevention tips are also effective in maintaining digestive health overall. Other digestive health problems can include more severe heartburn, gas, diarrhea and lactose intolerance, as well as the special considerations of digestive health problems in children. MORE 

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