Warning: These 7 Foods Can Make Acid Reflux Worse

Heartburn is that all-too-uncomfortable sensation of your stomach acid rising into your esophagus. What generally happens is that the small band at the base of your esophagus (it's called the lower esophageal sphincter) opens to allow food and drink to flow into your stomach, but if it becomes weakened or unexpectedly relaxed, the gastric juice can end up flowing back up into your throat. Lovely, we know. Since the purpose of gastric acid is to break down and digest food, this is not a pleasant experience for the more delicate tissue lining your esophagus, which is not designed to deal with this level of acidity. Other side effects include chest pain, difficulty swallowing, chronic coughing, or that feeling of having a frog in your throat. Again, lovely.

If you have acid reflux, it's important to watch the foods you eat—some foods can actually trigger acid reflux and cause heartburn, which, as we established earlier, is not a fun sensation. To find out which foods are most triggering, we turned to the experts.

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