DO YOU KNOW WHAT CAUSES HEARTBURN AFTER MEALS?
Heartburn after meals is produced by the reflux of the gastric content, which is acidic, to the oesophagus (an organ that is not prepared to contain acids).
This occurs because of a failure in the barrier mechanism that separates the oesophagus from the stomach. The factors that enable the malfunction of the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS or LES) are numerous and varied:
- Lying down after eating.
- Tobacco and alcohol.
- Abundant meals.
- Wearing clothing that is tight around the waist.
- Some drugs.
- Certain diseases such as hiatus hernia.
- Certain foods such as coffee, tea, cola, carbonated drinks, chocolate, mint, citrus, garlic, pepper…