Heartburn is a very common symptom of acid reflux and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. It typically starts with a burning sensation in your chest that typically becomes quite painful.
Most of us have had heartburn at least once in our lives, but when it becomes a frequent occurrence and interrupts our sleep, we should take notice and figure out the causes.
The simple fact is that what and how much we eat and drink can contribute to painful heartburn or acid reflux. Not everyone has the same triggers, so our approach will stress common foods to avoid and helpful substitutes.