These Foods Might Be Giving You Heartburn—Here's What to Eat Instead

Discomfort after eating can spoil even the best of meals, whether it's from bloating, brain fogginess, or gas. But the most common complaint is arguably the worst: acid reflux, often referred to as heartburn. And while they're used pretty interchangeably, it's worth noting that heartburn is actually just one manifestation of acid reflux, though it often overlaps with other symptoms (for example, regurgitation and indigestion).

As anyone who suffers from recurring acid reflux can contest, it's not a fun feeling—in fact, it can be quite debilitating. By definition, it's basically a result of your esophagus being irritated by stomach acid, which causes a burning pain that can be so severe it's mistaken for a heart attack. More mild to moderate cases of acid reflux and heartburn can result in symptoms like scratchiness in the throat, tightness in the chest, the sensation of food being stuck in your throat, difficulty breathing, persistent hiccuping, and burping or nausea, but typically without the actual relief. 

To learn about how acid reflux works, what causes it, and what easy lifestyle changes can help prevent heartburn, we reached out to dietitian Abigail Kinnear, RDN, of blog Nutrition Traveller. Read on to hear what habits and foods help with heartburn below to get your gut back on track