5 drinks to avoid that cause acid reflux

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Just like certain foods, some drinks can causes moderate to severe acid reflux symptoms in certain people.

    While each person's sensitivities are unique, the following drinks are more likely than others to cause acid reflux symptoms.

    Check out more on this list from Health Central.

    1. 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 allow stomach acid to enter the esophagus, which is what causes reflux.

    2. Tea - Just like coffee, both caffeinated and decaffeinated tea aggravate heartburn symptoms. The drink relaxes the L-E-S muscles - allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus, causing painful reflux symptoms.

    3. 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 L-E-S muscles and allow stomach acid into the esophagus.

    4. Milkshakes - Most have a 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.

    5. Alcohol - Almost all alcoholic beverages will cause some reflux symptoms in people who suffer from acid reflux or occasional heartburn. They're best avoided all together or consumed in very moderate portions.

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