Foods to Avoid If You Have Acid Reflux or GERD

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Acid reflux, also known as heartburn or indigestion, describes the feeling of digestive acid from the stomach flowing back up into the esophagus or throat. This painful condition can cause the sensation of burning in the chest or throat, difficulty swallowing, coughing and chest pain. Recurring episodes of reflux may lead to difficulty sleeping, a sore throat (laryngitis), breathing symptoms that feel like asthma or a long-lasting cough. When diagnosed by a physician, acid reflux is known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Because GERD involves digestive fluid, the foods you eat can play a role in whether you experience acid reflux — and how often. If you have GERD, eating the right foods and avoiding those that are more likely to trigger acid reflux may help you control your symptoms.