Gastroenterologist Pomoinetskaya: with severe stress, heartburn can even occur from water

Gastroenterologist Olga Pomoinetskaya said that in some cases heartburn can occur from literally anything, even water. Sometimes the reason is hidden in severe stress.

— With severe stress, hypertonicity and reverse peristalsis are higher than normal, which leads to the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus, the mucous membranes become irritated and constant heartburn appears. – the doctor noted in her blog.

Other causes of “total” heartburn:

  • Chronic inflammatory process that leads to to reduce acidity
  • Against the background of atrophic gastritis
  • In the presence of Helicobacter pylori
  • Insufficiency of the esophageal sphincter and hiatal hernia

The first thing to do is to pay attention on stress and reduce hypertonicity of the gastrointestinal tract, the doctor recommends. Dealing with heartburn should be comprehensive.

General tips for heartburn:

1. Avoid foods that may cause heartburn. These are spicy and fatty foods, spices, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks.

2. Reduce portion sizes and eat slowly. Overeating and eating quickly can increase pressure in the stomach and contribute to heartburn.

3. Do not lie down immediately after eating to prevent stomach contents from entering the esophagus.

4. Use natural remedies such as fresh ginger, apple cider vinegar or aloe vera juice.

5. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Avoid smoking, control your weight, exercise regularly, and try to reduce your stress levels.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.

Olga Pomoinetskaya Olga Pomoinetskaya Medicine gastroenterologist