There are many myths attached to heartburn. Below are discussed some myths and actual facts about heartburn.
Heartburn is caused due to pain in your heart
- Heartburn is not a heart condition. It may be caused by acid reflux into the esophagus. It causes a burning sensation directly beneath the breastbone, which may confuse people for its origin in the heart, although it is not.
Smoking Relieves Heartburn
- Smoking can make things worse. While smoking, your mouth makes less spit and more stomach acid, this aggravates heartburn.
Drinking cream or milk is a remedy for heartburn
- Milk temporarily reduces the symptoms only to later increase acid production by the stomach, which causes more heartburn.
Raising your head above feet relieves heartburn
- Raising your head and chest using pillows can put your head at an angle that puts more pressure on your stomach, making things worse. Instead, try putting 6-inch blocks under the bedposts at the head of the bed.
Heartburn is no big deal
- It can turn out to be dangerous if not taken timely care of. Heartburn is a symptom of GERD.
Heartburn cannot be cured
- Many people believe that they’re simply plagued with heartburn and powerless to keep it from happening. Remember that heartburn is a symptom, not a health condition. It can be cured by avoided certain foods, taking antacids and making lifestyle changes.
Chewing gum relieves heartburn
- When you chew gum, your mouth makes more spit. Spit acts as a buffer to acid. You also swallow more when you chew gum, and that pushes acid down.
Sleeping on your left side helps
- The left position seems to put less pressure on the muscle connecting your stomach and esophagus.
Frequently having antacids may cause constipation or diarrhea
- Prefer antacids that contain magnesium hydroxide or aluminium hydroxide. They are less likely to cause digestion problems.
Sit-ups, leg lifts, and crunches can trigger heartburn
- These exercises put pressure on your stomach
Going to bed on a full stomach may cause heartburn
- Try eating four or five smaller meals instead of three large ones, that too at least 2 hours before going to bed.
Frequent heartburn may cause GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Heartburn is a symptom of GERD, but not always.