Occasional heartburn is one thing, but those who suffer from chronic conditions like acid reflux syndrome can feel the burning sensation of the stomachs' acids rising into their esophagi far too often. While the primary cause of acid reflux is a faulty valve between the stomach and the esophagus, researchers are beginning to find other contributing factors. That's because the there are 1.5 times the acid reflux sufferers in 2011 as there were 10 years earlier, according to one Norwegian study.
Researchers found that people who report having at least one episode of acid reflux per week rose by 50 percent since 2001. With it, cancer of the esophagus, a deadly form of cancer that is associated with the condition, has also grown more common.
So what's to account for the surge? Diet, for example, undoubtedly affects acid reflux symptoms, according to Dr. Loren Greene, a clinical associate professor in the Endocrinology Division of the Department of Medicine at NYU. "I have patients who are on medication for acid reflux and then they eat the exact wrong things."
So what should you avoid? We've compiled a list of top offenders: