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The drinks, the pigs in blankets, the endless supply of pies: You've got lots of opportunities to get heartburn over the holidays, so it's only right that we give you tips on why it happens and how to relieve it. First, know what you're dealing with: "Heartburn occurs when stomach acid splashes back up into your esophagus, causing a burning sensation in your chest," explains Virender Sharma, MD, director of the Esophageal Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Fried, fatty foods and big meals produce more stomach acid, so it's more likely that acid will splash back up." When the burn hits, try these easy fixes:
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November 2006.