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Saturday, 25 February 2017


Heartburn is a common uncomfortable burning sensation in the chest area and these common foods make it worse.

Usually a symptom of acid reflux, heartburn can be painful and very uncomfortable. It is characterized by a painful burning feeling in the throat or chest.

Heartburns happen when the acid in the stomach goes up into the esophagus (this is a tube that carries the food from the mouth into the stomach)
Heartburn can get worse due to lifestyle habits especially through foods taken in.

Some food can help ease the discomfort and some can make it unbearable! If you constantly have heartburn, stay away or considerably reduce your intake of these foods:

1. Coffee
Coffee contains caffeine that disrupts the entire stomach system. It also interferes with the acidity of the stomach which results in heartburn.

2. Carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks/sodas cause/aggravate heartburn because they are highly acidic, interfering with the acid in the stomach causing it to rise thereby creating intense reaction and heartburn which causes discomfort.

3. Alcohol
Alcohol and alcoholic beverages cause heartburn/acid reflux. Alcohol relaxes the valve at the end of the oesophagus causing heartburn.

4.  Chocolates
Chocolates are also a major cause of heartburn.  Because they come primarily with cocoa they cause intestinal cells to relax which eventually causes heartburn.

5. Orange/Citrus fruits
Citrus acid reacts with stomach acid causing heartburn