The intense discomfort. The sour taste of acid in your throat. The burning pain. If you have acid reflux, better known as heartburn, you know that these symptoms are no joke. And despite its name, heartburn does not actually affect your heart. It’s a form of indigestion that is caused by stomach acids flowing back into your esophagus. The symptoms of heartburn can last for several hours and may appear after eating certain foods. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, if you experience these and other symptoms more than twice a week (belching, difficulty or pain when swallowing, etc.), you may have a more serious disease known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
When it comes to cures for acid reflux, over-the-counter medication can do the trick. But it can also be prevented if you alter your eating and drinking habits. Here are some foods and beverages you should avoid to keep heartburn at bay.