Five Drinks to Avoid With Acid Reflux

Sara Suchy | Nov 14, 2012

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Coffee (regular and decaffeinated)

You may love your cup of Joe each morning, but your coffee may be doing you more harm than good if you suffer from acid reflux, or even occasional heartburn.  The high acid content in coffee, along with the caffeine, will cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscles to relax allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus, which is what causes reflux.

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Tea (caffeinated and decaffeinated)

Just like coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated tea aggravate heartburn symptoms.  Tea relaxes the LES muscles, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus resulting in painful reflux symptoms.

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Citrus fruit juices

Juices, especially citrus juices, will likely aggravate reflux symptoms in most people.  Citrus fruits, in general, have a high acid content and will relax the LES muscles and allow stomach acid into the esophagus.

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Milk shakes

Most milkshakes have very high fat and calorie content.  Foods and drinks that are high in fat will often cause painful reflux symptoms in people who suffer from persistent or even painful acid reflux symptoms.

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Almost all alcoholic beverages will cause some reflux symptoms in people who suffer from acid reflux or occasional heartburn.  They are best avoided altogether, or consumed in very moderate portions.