The general public associate heartburn with unhealthy eating habits such as gulping down too much food without properly chewing it and allowing the body to digest it. This kind of heartburn that is felt infrequently gives no reason for concern: it either quickly goes away by itself, or perhaps with the aid of a tablet. However, some suffer a more severe kind of heartburn that the doctors call GORD. This weakens the muscles at the bottom of gullet and so stomach acids leak back into the gullet to causes heartburn pains. Sometimes it is hard to diagnose why heartburn happens but research shows a number of factors increase the likelihood.

1. Eating Schedule

The popular opinion that certain eating habits may cause heartburn is backed up by medical evidence. Eating very fast and having very large meals definitely make heartburn much more likely. Additional bad habits to avoid include eating just before going to sleep – the heavier the meal eaten the greater the chance of heartburn pains. A lie down after eating is another move that should be added to the “not to do” list, but even exercise that is normally highly recommended is a very bad idea after a full meal. In particular, not types of heavy lifting should be done right after a meal.