Milk And Bread Offer No Relief From Heartburn

December 6, 2019
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You may have heard that drinking milk or eating a slice of bread helps with heartburn. Turns out, those methods are old wives’ tales, and they might make your heartburn worse. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus and is usually triggered by consuming acidic foods, like wine, coffee, or spicy meals. The acids in those foods combine with your stomach acid, resulting in an extra potent mixture that burns if it seeps into your esophagus. Overeating can also prompt heartburn too. While it's true that milk can temporarily buffer stomach acid, the nutrients in milk, particularly fat, may stimulate the stomach to produce more acid. And while the fiber in whole-grain products, such as bread, can help absorb and reduce stomach acids, eating extra bread or milk would only add to the bulk in your belly and prompt your body to produce more stomach acid. Ideally prevention is the best ally. Stay away from foods that cause you discomfort and avoid eating late at night. If you get heartburn more than twice a week, tell your doctor. Frequent heartburn can increase your risk for esophageal cancer, but your doctor can monitor your symptoms and give you preventative treatment if necessary.

SOURCE: Men's Health

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