• They neutralize acid. When acid is neutralized it produces water, a salt, and CO2 bubbles. The increase in pressure forces the valve open and you belch, which makes you think that something significant has happened. In reality the only thing that might happen is that foaming acid is expelled into the esophagus, burning the tissues, adding pain to your discomfort. The fact is there are a half dozen organs that can cause heartburn and only a doctor can figure out which one you have. Neutralizing acid has nothing to do with relief. The stomach knows how much acid it is supposed to have, and if you neutralize some it makes more. You should avoid antacids, and you should study some books about nutrition so you know how to eat right.

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