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Acid Reflux

Causes of Acid Reflux

A variety of eating and drinking habits are well known as acid reflux causes, but there are also other situations that contribute to the symptoms.

Most notably, women are susceptible to acid reflux when pregnant due to elevated hormone levels and the increased pressure on the abdomen. Also, obesity, alcohol and smoking are known acid reflux causes. Some patients experience acid reflux due to an autoimmune disorder called Scleroderma where the immune system attacks and weakens connective tissue that closes the esophagus.

Acid Reflux causes also include medications often taken for common conditions such as:

  • Seasickness
  • High blood pressure or heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Birth control
  • Insomnia or anxiety
  • Depression

Florida Hospital specialists encourage patients who experience heartburn after taking medication for one of these symptoms to consult their doctor about alternate treatment options. Do not stop taking the medication until you speak with your doctor.

What foods cause acid reflux?

  • Acidic fruit such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, cranberries and tomatoes
  • Fried foods such as French fries and chips
  • High-fat dairy such as milk shakes, ice cream, regular cottage cheese and sour cream
  • High-fat cuts of meat such as beef, pork and lamb
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tea, coffee and carbonated beverages with caffeine
  • High-fat desserts such as cookies, brownies
  • Chocolate is the worst food if you experience heartburn

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