(HealthDay News) -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus.
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The U.S. National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse offers this list of factors that can trigger or worsen symptoms of GERD:
- Being obese.
- Being pregnant.
- Eating citrus fruits, onions or garlic.
- Eating chocolate.
- Drinking alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
- Eating fatty or fried foods.
- Eating spicy or minty foods.
- Eating foods with a tomato base, such as pizza, chili, pasta sauce or salsa.
-- Diana Kohnle
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