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heart burn after eating any meal containing beans..

dear dr.
i always get serious heart burn and gas all the time after eating any meal containing beans..
please help advise and what could b the problem.
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replied November 13th, 2012
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Heart burn is acid attacking the esophagus having refluxed through the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. The LES is a ring of muscle that acts as a valve permitting food to pass into the stomach and preventing stomach contents from passing back up.
However, we all produce gas in the stomach from chemical reactions between food and stomach acid. The LES has to occasionally open to release this gas (as a burp or belch). If the stomach is particularly full of acid at this time, it will be carried into the esophagus and cause heartburn.
Beans contain high concentration o fiber and the sugar oligosaccharide which takes time to break down, with some fermentation taking place which releases gas. (Which can travel north and south!)
Drinking quantities of water may help wash the beans through your system quicker and exercise will also help to tone all muscles including those that help propel fiber into and through the intestines.

But frequent heartburn isn't good. It can damage your esophagus and could even lead to esophageal cancer. If it is only beans that causes this problem for you, you may need to restrict the number of times and quantities you eat.
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