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Heartburn Triggers

Heartburn triggers vary from person to person. Sometimes those triggers are physiological, while for many other people certain foods, drinks and lifestyle habits may be the catalyst.

Nexium 24HR: Heartburn Triggers

Some common foods and beverages that might trigger heartburn include:

Nexium 24HR: Food and Drink Heartburn Triggers
  • Rich, spicy, fried or fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Vinegar
  • Tomato and citrus juices
  • Mints
  • Other acidic fruits and juices

Lifestyle Triggers

How you eat is also important. Sometimes a large meal will cause heartburn just because it sticks around awhile, giving that pesky stomach acid more opportunities to escape up into your esophagus. Eating small meals, while sitting upright, should help reduce heartburn.

But sometimes changing your diet alone may not make heartburn go away for good.

Your lifestyle, stress, smoking, pregnancy and even the time of day may all contribute to heartburn.