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Can always eating before bed lead to digestive and bowel problems?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Sometimes yes

People who eat or drink before lying down often get reflux of some stomach contents back into the esophagus.
Over the years, this causes irritation to the esophagus, because stomach contents is acidic. A person can then suffer heartburn symptoms. It is better to stay upright after eating until the stomach has emptied (about an hour later). The bowels (intestines) are probably not affected.

In brief: Sometimes yes

People who eat or drink before lying down often get reflux of some stomach contents back into the esophagus.
Over the years, this causes irritation to the esophagus, because stomach contents is acidic. A person can then suffer heartburn symptoms. It is better to stay upright after eating until the stomach has emptied (about an hour later). The bowels (intestines) are probably not affected.
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Studies also demonstrate increased weight gain with meals prior to bed.
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