Are you a know-it-all when it comes to stomach troubles? Here’s your chance to flex your belly knowledge with this ‘True or False’ quiz.
First True or False: Antacids prevent heartburn. That’s actually False! Because antacids can only help soothe the burning sensation you feel when stomach acid flows into your esophagus. They can’t stop acid from forming. But one easy way to cut down on your risk of heartburn is to never eat meals within 3 hours of bedtime. That alone can cut heartburn incidents in half, because when your stomach is full, it’s producing more of the acids that digest food. And when you lie down, it’s easy for stomach acid to creep back up your esophagus and cause heartburn. But the #1 cause of heartburn is eating too quickly, so slow down!
Next, True or False: Stress is the #1 cause of ulcers. That one is also False. New research has identified a bacteria called H-pylori as the most likely cause of ulcers – NOT stress, alcohol or spicy food. Studies show that H-pylori occurs naturally in about 1 in 6 people, but it can also spread through contaminated food or water, or through kissing. That’s why so many couples suffer together. Luckily, there are antibiotics you can take to control the spread of H-pylori.
Here’s one last True or False: Eating peppermint can ease a stomachache. True! Researchers call peppermint a “digestive wonder,” because it relaxes the muscles lining your stomach, and improves the flow of bile – helping you digest fats more efficiently! Peppermint works best when you swallow it as a tea, because that carries the herb directly to your stomach.