Can pooping help heartburn?

Are you tired of constantly feeling that uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest after indulging in your favorite spicy foods? Fear not, fellow heartburn sufferer, for a natural remedy may be just a bathroom break away.

The Link Between Digestive Issues and Heartburn

Before we delve into how pooping can potentially alleviate heartburn symptoms, let’s first explore the relationship between digestive issues and heartburn.

Heartburn is often caused by stomach acid flowing back up into the esophagus. This can occur when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) – which acts as a valve to prevent acids from traveling upward – becomes weakened or relaxed. Certain foods, such as those high in fat or spices, caffeine and carbonated drinks, and lying down right after eating can all trigger this LES relaxation.

Digestive issues like constipation can also worsen heartburn since it puts pressure on the stomach leading to further relaxation of the LES. Conversely, frequent bowel movements could help relieve said pressure on the LES resulting in fewer reflux episodes.

Straining vs Relaxing

“But wait,” you say while staring at your toilet seat with suspicion “isn’t straining during bowel movements bad?” You are correct; excessive straining while pooping is not only unpleasant but also harmful to our rectums since it places undue stress on them leading to painful conditions like hemorrhoids.

However, finding relief through pooping doesn’t necessarily mean one should strain themselves every time they make a trip to their porcelain throne. In fact, overstraining during bowel movements may cause more harm than good since it involves contracting muscles around your colon rather than relaxing them as well as increasing intra-abdominal pressures generating negative effects over prolonged periods.

On the other hand, proper techniques such as deep breathing exercises along with squatting position helps ease out stool naturally without putting too much extra strain on rectal walls, thereby promoting bowel movements, fostering better digestive health and potentially prevents heartburn in the process.

Fiber Vs Antacids

When looking to improve digestion, one might assume that taking antacid medication is the best bet. While it is true that these drugs can neutralize stomach acid, they also suppress healthy acids needed for proper digestion of food items such as proteins and minerals.

A better solution to promote healthy intestinal transit time while preventing excess acid reflux symptoms would be intake of adequately high fiber foods like wholegrain foods, bananas or melons which naturally makes stool bulky ensuring gravity’s help for evacuating waste from our colon.^1 Fiber supplements also work well especially when individuals don’t consume enough soluble fibers at diet level.


While there may not be a definitive answer to whether pooping helps relieve heartburn symptoms entirely, it definitely doesn’t hurt to ensure regularity with regards to one’s bowel movements. Adequate fluid intake (around 2-3 litres/day) coupled with adequate dietary fibers ensures satisfaction at washroom trips without having undue pressure bearing down on LES leading indirectly towards gastrointestinal issues causing flatulence , bloating , GERD – gastroesophageal reflux disease among others.

So remember- when you feel your chest starting to light up in discomfort after indulging in your favorite spicy dish, take a deep breath and head on over to the porcelain throne- your gut (and taste buds) will thank you!

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