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    What causes heartburn?

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    Joy Anderson

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    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in … View Profile

    Heartburn is a burning sensation in the oesophagus (gullet) when acid stomach contents flow back up, but not far enough to become vomiting. It is also known as reflux. Some people find certain irritating foods cause heartburn soon after a meal, especially if they lie down, while heartburn that occurs on an empty stomach can be a symptom of food intolerance.

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