What is GERD, and what can cause GERD flare-ups?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive condition that affects the lower esophageal sphincter, resulting in the reflux of acid into the esophagus. GERD primarily causes extreme discomfort in the chest, resulting in extreme heartburn. These symptoms can be triggered by certain lifestyle choices, such as certain diets and certain foods. Specific foods, such as spicy foods or foods that contain a lot of acid, can trigger GERD and heartburn in an instant. The following slides will give you an indication of what exact foods you should avoid if you have GERD.