Soothe Heartburn With Diet and Lifestyle Changes
Target the foods and behaviors that can fuel heartburn.
Heartburn is an occasional unwelcome guest for most of us. Its most common telltale sign is a burning pain behind the breastbone. The usual cause is the backing up (reflux) of stomach acid into the lower esophagus, inflaming its sensitive lining. If heartburn progresses from occasional to chronic—symptoms that occur more than once a week for months—it could mean a more serious condition known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The condition affects up to 1 in 5 people worldwide.