Put down the Pamplemousse La Croix—carbonation is enemy number one if you have acid reflux. “The bubbles of carbonation expand inside the stomach, and the increased pressure contributes to reflux,” Fruge explains.
“Fried and fatty foods can cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax,” Fruge says. As you’ll remember from above, this causes stomach acid to rise.
“Mint products seem to make symptoms worse because they lower pressure in the esophageal sphincter,” Axe explains. In layman’s terms, there’s not enough pressure to keep your stomach acid where it belongs: in your stomach.
“Spicy foods are known to worsen the burning sensation associated with acid reflux in some patients,” Axe says. Spices will affect everyone differently, so it may take a bit of trial and error to determine which spices—and at which levels—exacerbate your acid reflux.