Avoid These Heartburn Triggers

At least 60 million of us have felt those dreaded heartburn symptoms; a sour or bitter taste in the back of your throat, trouble swallowing and a burning pain in your chest. It’s not pleasant!

Here are 3 foods that bring on the heat:

1. Sorry chocolate lovers, but if you indulge in the sweet stuff and suffer from heartburn, this could be the culprit. Chocolate is packed with caffeine and other stimulants, and it’s high in fat and cocoa. All which trigger reflux and may cause heartburn.

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2. If you’re a meat lover who enjoys burgers, a nice filet or lamb chop… get ready to feel the burn! That’s because high-fat meats sit in your stomach longer which can trigger indigestion and heartburn. Stick to lean ground beef or white turkey meat.

3. One espresso a day is okay, but coffee addicts beware! Coffee is a major heartburn trigger since the caffeine can cause reflux. It’s best to stick to water or herbal tea, like chamomile.

Keep in mind, heartburn isn’t only about what you eat, but also how you eat. I recommend eating 4-5 small meals to prevent the burn.

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About the author

Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.