Does Yogurt Causes
There are quite a lot of questions going around the Internet
asking if yogurt is a trigger for heartburn. But before we answer this query,
it is better to understand what heartburn or acid reflux really is, as well as determining
the triggers that causes the symptoms to appear.
Heartburn: A Definition
Heartburn or acid reflux happens when the acid from the stomach
backflows to your esophagus. The exposure of acid on the wall of your esophagus will result to
mild discomfort or a slight burning sensation to actual pain, especially when the walls are irritated or
Normally, the esophageal sphincter
(LES) acts as a valve that stops the stomach acid from entering
the esophageal tract. However, certain factors can cause the valve (LES) to weaken or malfunction that
causing a reflux of acid, thus the term acid reflux or heartburn. Also, there are also factors that increase the
amount of acid in the stomach that forces the valve to open, thus releasing it to the esophagus.
There are different factors that lead to heartburn or acid
reflux. Keep in mind that the cause of this problem is not gender-specific – both men and women can acquire
heartburn except for pregnancy which is solely on the
Many revealed that acid reflux is genetics, being born with a
weak LES. However, statistics shows that today’s modern lifestyle has contributed to the increasing number of acid
Factors that causes acid reflux
1. Eating Disorders – increased food intake
will cause the stomach to create more acid, possibly weakening the LES to cause a backflow.
2. Smoking – cigarettes contains chemicals
that increase the production of stomach acid, as well as weakening the esophageal sphincter.
3. Alcohol – over consumption of alcoholic
beverages can cause heartburns or acid reflux due to increased acid build-up in the stomach.
4. Trigger food – trigger foods are foods that
causes a chemical reaction in your digestive system that results in heartburns or acid reflux. An individual may or
may not have trigger foods or differs between acid reflux patients.
Pregnant women are also prone to heartburn as well, though a
minority was able to safely go through their condition without having to suffer its uncomfortable
Heartburn on pregnant women is mostly caused by 3
1) a hormone called progesterone that weakens the esophageal
sphincter (smooth muscles).
2) growing fetus in the stomach cavity that pushes the organs
3) slowing down of digestion that causes acid
Yogurt can be a cure to alleviate heartburn or it can be a
trigger food that causes it. This doesn’t really answer the question whether it can cause heartburn but the best
way to understand it is to first define what yogurt is and how it relates to this problem.
To put it simply, there are two types of yogurt. One is
Raw Yogurt and the other is the Commercial Yogurt.
Raw yogurt doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners or
preservatives. It contains a type of probiotics that helps regulates the pH balance in the digestive system. Think
of it as base that counteracts acid. Probiotics in raw yogurt reduces the acid in your stomach thus eliminating the
possibility of heartburns. Also, consuming raw yogurt has a soothing affect on your throat after suffering from a
Commercial yogurt on the other hand doesn’t have any
probiotics in it. In fact, commercial yogurts are consumed more as a fancy instead for healthy
benefit. It contains artificial sugar, flavoring, and preservatives that can ruin the delicate pH
balance in your digestive system, thus increasing acid production, resulting to heartburn
or acid reflux.
Now that you know that there are two kinds of yogurt, it would
be safe to say why many consider it as a soothing treatment to heartburns while others curse its existence when it
triggers the problem.