Coffee can trigger heartburn, and unless you are a heartburn sufferer there’s no way you can understand the pain and discomfort. It’s possible to avoid coffee heartburn without having to give up your daily cup of happiness.
Does the acid in your coffee cause heartburn? Should you switch to a low acid coffee or quit altogether?
Ugh, it’s so frustrating when your delicious cup of happiness turns against you.
It happened to me and I thought I had to stop drinking coffee, at first.
In a world where coffee has become part of our culture, and everybody seems to be constantly drinking the brew, it can be hard to remove it completely from your diet. The tempting aroma from the office coffee machine can be enough to convince us that one cup won’t do any harm.
Heartburn itself is caused largely by stomach acid finding its way back up into the esophagus. This causes irritation of the esophagus lining causing the well-known burning sensation, often accompanied by an acidic taste in the mouth.
Caffeine is a major cause of heartburn because it causes the stomach to produce large amounts of stomach acid, much more than the body requires to aid digestion. This excess acid leaks into the lower esophageal sphincter causing that irritation and burning sensation.
According to a recent study, heartburn is the most frequently reported symptom after coffee drinking.
It is demonstrated that coffee promotes gastro-oesophageal reflux. Coffee stimulates gastrin release and gastric acid secretion, but studies on the effect on lower oesophageal sphincter pressure yield conflicting results. Coffee also prolongs the adaptive relaxation of the proximal stomach, suggesting that it might slow gastric emptying. However, other studies indicate that coffee does not affect gastric emptying or small bowel transit.
So, do you need to quit drinking coffee or switch to something a little easier to swallow?
Here’s how to Avoid Coffee Heartburn
- Switch to a lower acid coffee
- Dark coffee is easier on your stomach
- Try coffee with less caffeine, like Nitro Brew
- Consider what you are eating with your coffee and maybe add more fruits and veggies to your diet.
- Try Smart Coffee, it’s gentler than regular coffee and has so many extra benefits.
Most of us need our regular cup of coffee to make it through the morning. But, if it’s causing you to have coffee heartburn, it may not seem like it’s worth it. The great news is that you can try these different options and feel better!
Smart coffee is my favorite option! Check out how I add coffee to my protein shake.