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Heartburn Remedies: Natural Ways to Prevent Heartburn (Page 2)

Causes of Heartburn

What Causes Heartburn?

What triggers heartburn varies from one person to the next, but common causes include fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate and peppermint.

Your drink choices can bring on heartburn too. Drinking too much alcohol can irritate your stomach lining and relax your lower esophageal sphincter—the valve that prevents stomach acid from backing up into your esophagus. This can cause heartburn or bleeding. And people who drink carbonated soda are at higher risk of developing heartburn, especially at night, according to researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Sodas are high in acid and introduce carbon dioxide into the stomach.

Overeating or eating just before bed also can bring on heartburn. Eliminating these foods (or behaviors) one at a time can help you pinpoint—and then avoid—your individual triggers.

Next: How to Prevent Heartburn »


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