Heartburn is an uncomfortable feeling that occurs when the acid in your stomach travels back up your esophagus. It can cause a burning sensation in your chest or throat. It may also leave a bitter or acidic taste in your mouth.
Heartburn can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or may occur because of your habits or certain foods you eat. But how can you prevent heartburn and avoid this discomfort?
More Than Just Heartburn?
GERD occurs when a weak muscle at the bottom of your esophagus lets the contents of your stomach travel up, out of your stomach.
More than 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month. While occasional heartburn isn’t dangerous, chronic heartburn may eventually damage your esophagus. The good news is many people may be able to prevent or minimize heartburn with lifestyle changes.
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