Give up morning coffee to start your acid reflux diet off right? Talk about a buzzkill. But the caffeine in coffee, tea, and colas can give some people more than an energy boost. According to Gale Pearson, a registered dietitian with Tidewater Physicians in Newport News, Virginia, some stimulants like caffeine can relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which causes it not to close properly. “The stomach contents leak back into the esophagus and the backflow of the acid from the stomach cause heartburn,” says Pearson. “Since this is how America stays awake and responds to stress, no one wants to hear that they should be limited to relieve heartburn.” Try one of these 8 home remedies to ease your heartburn symptoms.
A significant amount of serotonin (the “feel good” neurotransmitter) is actually located in the gut, and according to a small study at the University of Michigan’s department of internal medicine, chocolate causes a large amount of serotonin to be released from the cells in the intestines. This causes the LES to essentially put out the welcome mat for the stomach to allow acid to flow back up to the esophagus.