Most people have experienced heartburn, a burning feeling in the chest or throat, at some point. This common problem—also called “gastroesophageal reflux disease” (GERD) when it occurs on a regular basis—is caused by regurgitation or reflux of gastric acid into the esophagus, which connects the mouth and the stomach.
What triggers heartburn varies from one person to the next but common causes include fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate and peppermint. Overeating or eating just before bed also can bring on heartburn. Eliminating these foods (or behaviors) one at a time can help you pinpoint—and then avoid—your individual triggers.Next: Lactose Intolerance »