How does lying down after eating affect your digestive system?

Dr. Berookim believes that although it's nothing to lose sleep about, it may damage your digestive function.

When you lay down after eating, the food you just ingested—which has made its way down your oesophagus

And into your stomach—may make its way backwards, now with stomach acids, and up into your throat

Your digestive system reverses the usual flow of breaking down food, like Missy Elliott in 2002. Heartburn and acid reflux may result.

Dr. Berookim says this might cause chest and throat burning, a sour taste, or belching.

Reflux may irritate your airway, causing a cough that may resemble asthma symptoms.

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