Do you have serious problems with heartburn on a regular basis?
Would you like to find the underlying causes of this heartburn or figure out if there’s anything you can cut back on to prevent it from happening to you?
Is drinking water causing heartburn for you?
If so, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Many people who already suffer from heartburn and acid reflux notice it becoming much worse when drinking water. And if you try to drink water to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn, you might notice it going in the other direction and causing you to feel worse instead.
Although this can feel very scary, most of the time, it’s not too serious. However, it is something you need to pay attention to, and you should bring it up with your healthcare provider if this is the first time this has ever happened to you.
But what is heartburn and is it dangerous? If you’ve never had it before, should you be worried? It’s always a good idea to tell your doctor about any new health concerns you may be having. However, even though some symptoms of heartburn may feel like a heart attack, they are not related conditions. Heartburn can lead to cancer of the mouth or throat if it becomes severe and remains untreated, however, but this isn’t going to happen overnight.
In other words, heartburn can feel intimidating and it can lead to some more serious conditions over time, but one or two instances of heartburn—whether it’s caused by water or by something else—is not a dangerous situation.
Can drinking too much water cause heartburn? Do you really need to pay attention to when and how you’re drinking water to prevent yourself from experiencing this? Having too much water or having water at the wrong time of the day can and often does contribute to heartburn in people who are already prone to it.
Keep this in mind when you check out the facts we have listed below.
Water and Heartburn
In this section, we’ll give you a quick rundown of some facts related to water and heartburn. Remember that water doesn’t always give people heartburn, even if they’re prone to it, but it can be a common factor that many heartburn sufferers share. If you find this happening to you, there are some things you can do to improve the situation, and we’ve got information on that here as well. Read on to learn more:
1. People who have regular heartburn probably get some relief from drinking water
Most of the time, heartburn is actually diminished when you drink water, especially when you sip it and make sure the water is cool or cold enough. However, sometimes this is not true, and you should keep in mind that everyone’s experience is different.
2. Swallowing water in big gulps can contribute to heartburn and reflux both.
This is also true of swallowing food in big gulps or swallowing food without chewing it properly. Your body needs you to take smaller bites and sips of food and drink in order to be able to process it well without aggravating the acid that causes these two conditions. If you find yourself suffering from heartburn related to drinking water, try slowing down and sipping your water instead of chugging it—even after a workout or at times when you want to drink it fast.
3. You should never lie down right after drinking water.
People who have heartburn or reflux—as well as IBS and other digestive conditions—should never lie down right after eating or drinking anything at all, including water. This will only cause your body to have more trouble digesting and processing everything, and it will cause heartburn to flare up in no time.
4. If you’re stressed, this may happen more often than it does when you’re not stressed.
If you’re someone who is stressed most of the time, you should try to seek help for this—either in therapy, medication, meditation, religion, or any other method that you think may help you deal with your stress. However, if you only have rare bouts of stress, try cutting back on drinking water during the times when you’re feeling the most stressed out.
5. If you’re having serious heartburn just from drinking water, speak to your healthcare provider, especially if it’s never happened before.
Again, a new health concern should always be addressed by a professional. You may need medication to help deal with this problem, especially if it’s related to acid reflux. Your doctor may also simply recommend an over the counter medication to help you out, depending on the severity of the condition.
We hope the information listed above has helped you figure out how to handle the issue of having heartburn from drinking water. Whether you get it from drinking water too fast, drinking water at the wrong time of day, or simply from drinking too much water, we hope we’ve given you something you can work with to help you feel better and prevent or reduce the risk of this happening to you in the future. You’re not alone in this problem, and you’ll be able to find ways to work around it, too.
Is there anything you can do to make this problem less of an issue for you? Are you just going to have to be extra cautious about drinking water from now on? Remember the tips we gave you in the section above to help you get started: don’t lie down after drinking water, sip your water instead of gulping it, and try not to drink water in the middle of a stressful event (unless you have to). However, you can also speak to your doctor and ask for some medicine that can help you treat or prevent heartburn if it’s seriously affecting your life.
You don’t have to live in fear of drinking water, and there are plenty of solutions even if it’s giving you heartburn.