Did your Thanksgiving feast leave you bloated, tired, and with terrible heartburn? Though heartburn can regularly show-up after a big meal, the symptoms can be a sign of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). You experience acid reflux and heartburn when the lower end of the esophagus loses its tone and is unable to open and close after food enters the stomach. This allows acid from the stomach to back up into the esophagus, which creates a burning sensation in the “heart” area. Avoid GERD by following these simple steps to ensure a healthy esophagus, stomach, and that you enjoy your meals even after you eat them.