Stay away from these common foods… If you’ve ever experienced a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat after downing a giant burrito at Chipotle, you’re definitely not alone. About 60 million Americans experience heartburn, or acid reflux, at least once a month, according to the American College of Gastroenterology. To fight back, most of us simply pop an antacid and go on with our day. But have you ever noticed that sometimes your symptoms come crawling back, even after you’ve had a TUMS? And then the meds work just fine at other times? If you’re shaking your head yes, it’s likely because of what you’ve eaten after self-medicating.
According to the National Institutes of Health, certain foods exacerbate symptoms by carrying additional acid into the stomach and up into the esophagus, making you feel even more miserable. Not only is this super uncomfortable, over time reflux can damage the esophagus, so it’s important to know how to identify these sneaky culprits so you can nip your heartburn in the bud! To help you out, we’ve identified some of the top offenders below.