Some people get heartburn after drinking alcohol, and others don’t. But if you’d rather be safe than sorry, experts say to cut back. Booze causes the lower esophageal sphincter – which normally keeps stomach acids from entering the esophagus – to relax, creating an opening for those acids to leak through.
Certain foods – coffee, chocolate, anything spicy – have been linked to heartburn. But it doesn’t always matter what you eat – it’s how much you eat, as well. Overeating can cause your stomach to become bloated, making it harder for your lower esophageal sphincter to close properly. If you regularly get heartburn, try sticking to smaller meals, and space them out throughout the day.
While taking a full-on HIIT class after eating is a horrible idea and will only make things worse, a little light exercise – like going on a bike ride or walk – can actually do wonders when it comes to getting rid of heartburn.