Definition of Heartburn:

A burning sensation in the stomach, typically extending toward the esophagus, sometimes associated with bringing up acid.

Also: Acid Reflux, Cardialgia, Pyrosis

Topics Related to Heartburn


...as a treatment
“...Commonly treated conditions ... Acid reflux...”


...our question about Heartburn
“Angina-like symptoms are sometimes due to heartburn, a much less serious condition.”
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Baking Soda

...as a treatment
“...Here are some of the many medical uses of baking soda ... Antacid (neutralizes stomach acid and relieves heartburn, indigestion, ulcer pain...”


...as a treatment
“...Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body...”

Barrett's Esophagus

...the condition
“...When acid is refluxed onto the white lining of the esophagus, it can cause pain, which can be felt as heartburn or indigestion...”

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...the condition
“...Calcium is known to be a treatment for gastric problems, and gastric problems such as acid reflux are known to increase bruxism;; Damage repair – Damaged teeth can be repaired by replacing the worn natural crown of the tooth with prosthetic crowns...”

Cayenne Pepper

...as a treatment
“...People with ulcers, heartburn or gastritis should use any cayenne-containing product cautiously as it may worsen their condition...”


...as a treatment
“...It may worsen stomach ulcers or cause heartburn.  Drinking coffee at night may cause insomnia...”


...the condition
“...Some researchers now suggest that some babies suffer from reflux, a condition in which stomach acid is regurgitated causing heartburn.”

Contact Granulomas

...the condition
“...Contact ulcers can be caused not only by overuse of the voice but also by gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) or heartburn.  Symptoms include pain when talking, sometimes hoarseness, and a voice that tires easily...”

Delayed Gastric Emptying (Gastroparesis)

...the condition
“...Delayed gastric emptying is also associated with a variety of symptoms or diseases such as heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia and GERD...”

Digestive Habit Changes

...as a treatment
“...Those who eat too fast are much more prone to obesity, acid reflux, GERD, gas, bloating and other problems...”


...related topic
“Indigestion / poor digestion, usually with heartburn and/or regurgitation of stomach acids.”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...The most common causes and risk factors include ... Obesity – Increased pressure inside the stomach, including after a large meal, can cause acid reflux...”

Esophageal Cancer

...the condition
“...may include, but are not limited to, the following ... Weight loss, caused by a change in eating habits, which is in turn due to the discomfort from other esophageal cancer symptoms such as heartburn, indigestion, and vomiting...”


...as a treatment
“...Other benefits of Fennel ... heartburn...”

Gastric Reflux Disease

...related topic
“...Typical presenting symptoms are heartburn, an epigastric burning sensation and acid regurgitation...”

Ginger Root

...as a treatment
“...Some people report heartburn after taking ginger...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...Craving high sugar foods; Frequent intestinal bloating or gas especially after eating; Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); Acid reflux / GERD / heartburn; Indigestion; Constipation; Diarrhea; Frequent nausea and or vomiting; Difficulty gaining weight; Iron deficiency anemia; Head, Brain and Nervous System Symptoms...”

H2 Blockers

...related topic
“...They are widely used for the treatment of ulcers as well as for mild cases of esophageal reflux (heartburn).  Drugs that fall into this family include cimetidine (Tagamet, Tagamet HB); famotidine (Pepcid, Pepcid AC, Pepcid RPD); nizatidine (Axid, Axid AR); ranitidine hydrochloride (Zantac, Zantac...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...the condition
“Alternative names: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), Gastric Reflux Disease, Acid Reflux Disease Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) – the muscle connecting the esophagus with the stomach...”
...our question about Asthma
“About half of asthmatic patients also have GERD, of which heartburn is a symptom...”
...relationship to Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency
“Based on the clinical experience of doctors such as Dr. Jonathon Wright, MD, supplementing with hydrochloric acid sometimes relieves the symptoms of heartburn and improves digestion in individuals who have hypochlorhydria...”
...relationship to Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
“A mild heart attack may be mistaken for heartburn, and vice versa.”
...relationship to Hiatal Hernia
“...Hiatal hernia and GERD can both cause heartburn.”
...relationship to Overconsumption
“Overeating is the most common cause of heartburn.”
...relationship to Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers
“...Persistent dyspepsia/heartburn symptoms after eradication of H. pylori and ulcer resolution might suggest the treatment of GERD as a separate entity...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“...author of Your Bodies Many Cries for Water, believes that in the same way we have a "hunger pain" signal, we also have a "thirst pain" signal in the body, and that it is called dyspepsia (heartburn).”
...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“Additional water intake can help resolve heartburn symptoms.”
...recommendation against Aerobic Exercise
Heartburn is more frequent when exercising within 2 hours of eating.”
...recommendation against Eating Nearer to Bedtime
“Anyone who eats a heavy meal (which causes excess stomach acid production), particularly if one subsequently lies on the back or bends over from the waist, is at risk of an attack of heartburn.  Anyone who snacks at bedtime is at high risk of GERD...”
...recommendation Incline Board
“A May, 2006 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that the two most important behavioral changes that can reduce acid reflux are eating less and elevating your head while sleeping...”
...recommendation Surgery
“In most cases, heartburn can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes alone, but some people may require medication or surgery.”
...recommendation Posture Improvement
“...The longer it takes for your stomach to digest food, the higher your chances of developing indigestion and/or acid reflux.  Therefore, improving posture during and after meals may help or prevent symptoms of heartburn...”
...recommendation Orange Peel (Extract)
“Products containing orange peel extract deliver relief from occasional heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach...”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“Whilst drinking milk can be a 'quick fix' by neutralizing some of the acid, it also has a rebound action that eventually will encourage the secretion of more stomach acid, which causes the acid reflux.”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“Eating a low-fat plant-based diet in small frequent meals is one of the best ways to reduce heartburn.”
...recommendation Digestive Habit Changes
“Although there are many types of antacids and other medications you can take to help relieve symptoms of acid reflux, the right posture can have a positive impact on the way you digest food, thus preventing acid reflux from occurring.”
...recommendation Bladderwrack
“...Gaviscon®, containing magnesium carbonate and sodium alginate (the sodium salt of alginic acid, an active component of bladderwrack), has been shown to effectively relieve the symptoms of heartburn compared to other antacids in a double-blind study...”
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Hiatal Hernia

...the condition
“...Although often asymptomatic, sufferers complain of chest pain or heartburn with esophageal reflux, aggravated by alcohol, smoking, coffee and highly acidic foods...”
...related topic
“...The most common symptom is burning in your chest (heartburn), especially at night when you are lying down...”
...relationship to Dehydration
“Symptoms of hiatal hernia such as vomiting, nausea, acid reflux and difficulty swallowing can increase the risk of becoming dehydrated.”
...recommendation Increased Water Consumption
“...The sudden stop on landing has been shown to reduce hiatal hernias and also caused heartburn symptoms to subside.”

Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)

...as a treatment
“...When and if irritation (heartburn, stomach ache, heaviness, nausea) occurs, you may take an antacid (i.e. Tums, Alka-seltzer Gold, or baking soda and water at 12 tsp...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...Patients who experience heartburn, sour stomach, nausea and pain often assume it is because of an HCl surplus but the opposite is in fact true...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...our question about Unexplained nausea
“IBS can lead to nausea in various ways ... IBS commonly causes indigestion and subsequent acid reflux, which can cause nausea...”

Indian Long Pepper

...as a treatment
“...Indian long pepper is used for the following ... heartburn...”


...as a treatment
“...with a tendency to pancreatic insufficiency and cystic fibrosis may benefit from a lipase supplement as well as those with celiac disease, Crohn's disease, as well as those suffering indigestion and heartburn.  Betaine HCl or hydrochloric acid should not be taken with this in supplement form, as it might destroy this and other enzymes...”


...as a treatment
“...Consistent toxicity in healthy people has not been reported with 1,500mg per day or less of DLPA, except for occasional nausea, heartburn, or transient headaches...”

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

...the condition
“...The common symptoms are ... Heartburn...”

Oil of Oregano

...as a treatment
“...It is best when taken with food but since this volatile oil is quickly absorbed and associated with inducing heartburn, some may require them to be taken in coated capsules, so they do not break down in the stomach but instead are delivered to the small and large intestine...”

Orange Peel (Extract)

...as a treatment
“...Extract of Bitter Orange, Seville Orange, Sour Orange, Bigarade Orange, Marmalade Orange The extract of bitter orange peel (and bitter orange) has been used in dietary supplements to alleviate heartburn, aid fat loss, and suppress appetite...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...the condition
“...It has been associated with severe esophageal irritation and should be used with care in people prone to ulcers or heartburn.  The tablets should be swallowed whole with a glass of water 30 minutes before breakfast, with the patient standing or sitting upright for at least 30 minutes afterwards...”

Peppermint Oil

...as a treatment
“...Without the special coating, peppermint oil tends to produce heartburn.  Peppermint oil has been shown to inhibit intestinal spasm and relieve gas...”

Pitta Balancing

...as a treatment
“...Aggression harms pitta people by causing conditions such as heartburn and ulcers...”

Psoriatic Arthritis

...the condition
“...Taking more than one NSAID at a time increases the possibility of side effects, particularly stomach problems such as heartburn, ulcers and bleeding...”


...the condition
“...For relief of symptoms such as Raynaud's and heartburn, you may want to particularly avoid...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...a risk factor for kidney stones, glomerular disease); Gastrointestinal symptoms Swallowing difficulty due to decreased saliva production; Constipation; Food intolerances; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Heartburn; Indigestion; Inflammation of blood vessels (vasculitis); Connective tissue disorders; Debilitating fatigue; The doctor will first take a detailed medical history, which includes asking...”

Stomach Cancer

...the condition
“...This includes feeling full after eating only a small meal, heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing...”


...the condition
“...These personal, social, economical and dietary factors interact with biological factors to make stress a leading cause of poor health, from a simple heartburn to a decrease in immune responsiveness, and from this to cancer and other diseases...”


...related topic
“...Those years of poor digestion, heartburn, and the systematic suppression of upper intestinal function by adrenalin stress have not yet become overt gastritis, ulcers, or IBS.”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Gastrointestinal ... Heartburn...”


...as a treatment
“...colds and influenza are less likely to occur; Improving pH levels so that infectious organisms have a less favorable environment for survival; Trapping protons in the digestive tract, making acid reflux less troublesome; Improving nutrient absorption; Trapping allergens in the blood and digestive tract, thus decreasing symptoms from inhaled and swallowed antigens; Possibly stopping...”
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