Can Drinking From a Straw Cause Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a symptom due to an underlying illness in the stomach such as ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or gall bladders disease. In some cases, the occurrence could be on its own.

The cause of acid reflux as stated above due to the diseases is a common factor. A person suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease will show the sign of acid reflux due to the weak lower esophageal sphincter. It is the muscular region that acts as a boundary between the stomach and the esophagus tube.

After consuming food, the lower esophageal sphincter closes the gate in order to prevent the acids released in the stomach back into the esophagus tunnel. However, with gastroesophageal reflux disease, the gate is partially open, allowing acids into the esophagus tube. Due to this, a person experiences heartburn sensation.

Can Drinking From a Straw Cause Acid Reflux?

Can Drinking From a Straw Cause Acid Reflux?

Many people use a straw to drink cold or hot liquids. The practice is wrong because sipping a liquid using a straw will also add air to the foods we eat. Due to this, the person experiences the feeling of fullness or bloating. The severity of the case increases if the person is already suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, which shows signs of acid reflux.

Burping, passing of gas are the common ways through which individual releases the inhaled air. However, if there is no sign of such incident, then one is bound to experience acid reflux. It is because the stomach is unable to break the consumed liquid easily after releasing the needed acids and enzymes. During the digestion process, the acids mix with the air and cause pain. A few people experience painful sensation while burping.

It is common for a human being to experience acid reflux, speaking in terms of normal lifestyle. However, when an individual shows signs of bloating, gas, heartburn, vomiting, and nausea at frequent intervals, it might be due to an underlying disease in the stomach.

The reason behind the cause of acid reflux is due to lifestyle and food habits. A sedentary lifestyle makes it difficult for the digestive system to break down the food particles. Additionally, consuming foods such as tomatoes, onions, citrus fruits, etc. also elevate the situation.

How to Avoid the Occurrence of Acid Reflux?

A better way to avoid the occurrence of acid reflux is by avoiding using a straw while consuming liquids. Additionally, it is also important to chew food slowly and with a closed mouth. It will ensure that there is no other way for the air to enter into the esophagus tube.

For people who are already suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease or other underlying health condition, it is important to keep away from foods that elevate the symptom. It is also crucial to avoid using a straw at all times.

It is essential to recognize the underlying cause to cure acid reflux permanently. If the frequency that you are experiencing is high, make a visit to the doctor and explain in detail about the indications. The physician may or may not ask for tests to rectify the underlying cause.

Once the doctor has an idea about what is happening, he/she will provide the therapy according to the requirement. Following it will be useful in overcoming the situation. Additionally, you will also have to make adjustments to your lifestyle to ensure that you are free from acid reflux.

Include exercises if you are overweight. Avoid using a straw while consuming liquids and consume vegetables and fruits rich in fiber to improve the health condition of the digestive system. Making all these subtle changes will breathe a new life into your digestive system and eliminate acid reflux.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:April 4, 2018

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