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Can healthy foods cause heartburn?

You're trying to eat healthier foods so you pick up an orange at one of Chicago's great farmers' markets -- but now you have heartburn.  It can happen with citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit -- and the juice made from them -- and also from tomatoes and onions.  Just because these foods are rich in vitamins and minerals doesn’t mean they can't also cause stomach discomfort.

But don't use that excuse to give up on your new healthful diet.  Although some health foods can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, most of the causes of heartburn are associated with an unhealthy lifestyle and can lead to more serious heartburn-related problems. Were you out ‘til dawn raging in Wrigleyville? Couldn’t turn down that extra cup of joe at the Metra station? These beverages are highly acidic. Cutting down on them will reduce bloating and GI discomfort.

Find more common caues of heartburn, as well as signs it's time to see a doctor, with our Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic.

If you experience heartburn more than two times a week, see your doctor, who may recommend that you see a specialist.  Get a list of Chicago gastroenterologists covered by your insurance and search Angie's list to find out which have been highly recommended by other Angie's List members in Chicago.


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