PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

Is chewing gum an effective way to get heartburn relief?

ANSWER

It may sound strange, but gum stimulates the production of saliva, which is an acid buffer. Plus, chewing gum makes you swallow more often, which pushes acids back out of your esophagus.

SOURCES:

American Gastrointestinal Association: "Heartburn."

Richter, J. , September 2007. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Nilsson, M. December 2004. Gut,

Pereira, R. , October 2006. Journal of Pineal Research

Moazzez, R. , November 2005. Journal of Dental Research

Klupinska, G. , November 2006. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology

Kligler, B. , April 2007. American Family Physician

Rakel, D. . Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Integrative Medicine

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Gastrointestinal Association: "Heartburn."

Richter, J. , September 2007. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America

Nilsson, M. December 2004. Gut,

Pereira, R. , October 2006. Journal of Pineal Research

Moazzez, R. , November 2005. Journal of Dental Research

Klupinska, G. , November 2006. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology

Kligler, B. , April 2007. American Family Physician

Rakel, D. . Saunders Elsevier, 2007. Integrative Medicine

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

What are some ways to soothe heartburn at home?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

"ALEXA, ASK WEBMD"

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.