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We lean back in our chair and many of us suddenly get a
burning sensation that starts in the chest. This
condition occurs sometimes just after we have eaten.
After our stomachs have digested the food, the
stomach juices can sometimes flow into the gullet, or as
it is correctly called the esophagus. When that happens
the esophagus lining gets irritated and a burning
sensation can felt be especially near the heart. This is
the main
cause of heartburn for most people.

The part of the body that is responsible for heartburn
occurring is the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, or LES as
it is sometimes called. This valve is responsible for
keeping the stomach juices within our stomachs. The
intestines of the stomach are capable of dealing with
the stomach acids. However if for any reason the LES
relaxes then the stomach juices can flow into the
esophagus and begin causing
heartburn.

The walls or the skin of the esophagus are very thin,
therefore the esophagus can get irritated by the acidity
of the stomach juices. There are a few factors for the
cause of heartburn to occur. Here is a list of what is
considered to be some of the top reasons for heartburn.

Coffee, tea, and other drinks that contain caffeine can
relax the Lower Esophageal Sphincter, thus allowing
the stomach juices to flow into the esophagus.
Chocolate contains certain amounts of a substance
called theobromine.

This compound is found naturally in many caffeine
bearing plants. The theobromine relaxes the LES
muscle and causes the stomach acid to shoot up into
the esophagus leading to
heartburn. Skip the caffeine
and save the pain and discomfort. It is simple to avoid
this
cause of heartburn.

Of course fried and fatty foods have a tendency to slow
down the digestion process. This leads to the food
being kept in the stomach for a long time. This results in
increased pressure to the stomach. This pressure
build-up weakens the LES allowing stomach acid to pass
into the esophagus.

Tomatoes and tomato-based products, and alcohol also
cause the LES to relax.
These foods lead to an increase
in the production of more stomach acid. This is another
heartburn factor.

The tobacco chemicals in cigarettes weaken the LES, as
the chemicals pass from the lungs into your blood. In
addition smoking reduces the blood flow to the
inflammed tissue which again is a
cause of heartburn.

Eating large amounts of food any time of the day puts
extra pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter.
Therefore there is a chance that some of this digested
food will end up in the esophagus. This is especially
true in the night as having a large dinner just before
you go to sleep leads to the digesting food to press
harder against your LES. Talk about a
cause of
heartburn.

Drinking and eating lots of citrus fruits and juices also
causes the LES to become relaxed. This is another
cause of heartburn.

The last
cause of heartburn, is clothing that restricts
your stomach. As the clothes press against the stomach
walls they force the food up against the LES.   

In short, and keeping it nice and simple, the best way to
prevent heartburn is to realize that by changing your
lifestyle to avoid many of the factors that are the
cause
of heartburn, you can have a healthy happy life
stretching out ahead of you.


                     
Heartburn Causes
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By
James Kesel,MS