CAUSES – When your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not tighten as it should, it can become underactive. The following foods will relax the LES: tomatoes, citrus fruits, garlic, onions, chocolate, peppermint, caffeinated beverages (such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks). Fatty foods will often lead to heartburn.
TREATMENT – Antacids is recommended by conventional doctors, whereas alternative practitioners rely on herbal treatments to reduce acid.
PREVENTION – Try to maintain a good diet by watching the kinds of foods you digest and how much you eat. Your body position plays an important role after eating. Try not to lie down soon after a meal.