Heartburn is a very common problem that affects a large number of persons. It is a symptom of acid reflux or movement of acid from your stomach through your esophagus into your heart or chest region where it causes a burning sensation or pain (which is why it is called heart burn).
Normally, there is an inbuilt system or mechanism in your digestive system that helps to prevent this movement of acid from your stomach into your chest region. This system or structure is called your esophageal sphincter or barrier.
It is basically a muscle that only opens when food is passing into the stomach from the esophagus, and it prevents or stops the movement of acid and other stomach content from traveling from your stomach into your esophagus but when this muscle is weakened, acid can now pass more freely to cause heartburn.
The food you eat is one of the major things that can either relax or help relax the esophagus sphincter or barrier to cause burning of your heartburn. Hence it is very important to stay away from these foods or reduce how frequently you take them especially when you experience acid reflux normally.
1. Chocolate. This food contain substances such as theobromine, and serotonin which all have the ability to relax your sphincter muscle to allow the movement of acid from your stomach into your esophagus, and as you should know already causes heartburn.
2. Pepper Soups made with lots of spice. Foods that are very spicy like pepper soups contains a substance known as capsaicin which can cause heartburn by either slowing down the digestion of foods in your stomach or by irritating your esophagus to cause heartburn. It is best to stay away from this food when you experience acid reflux regularly.
3. Alcohol. Wether moderate or in excess, alcohol can cause heartburn by causing your esophageal sphincter to relax as well. So if you want to avoid or prevent it then you need to stay away from alcohol especially if you experience acid reflux regularly.
4. Caffeine. Just like chocolate, caffeine has a direct effect on your esophageal sphincter by causing it to relax and allowing acid to move from the stomach into your esophagus which as you know causes heartburn.
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