How to Prevent Heartburn

How to Prevent Heartburn Take these simple measures to stop heartburn before it starts

You will need Small meals A healthy weight and a raised bed Step 1 Know what you're dealing with Heartburn occurs when food or stomach acid moves into the esophagus, causing discomfort and a bad taste in the mouth Step 2

Eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than fewer, but larger, meals Overeating can cause heartburn Step 3 If you're carrying extra pounds, try to lose them Overweight people are at higher risk of heartburn due to increased abdominal pressure

Step 4 Avoid lying down right after eating Doing so increases the chance of reflux Food or stomach acid leaking past the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, is called reflux Step 5

Quit smoking As the chemicals in cigarettes pass from the lungs and into the bloodstream, they weaken the LES, increasing the risk of heartburn Step 6 Avoid excessive antacid use They neutralize stomach acid, alleviating the symptoms of heartburn, but don't solve the problem of a weak LES

Antacids can also cause diarrhea or constipation Step 7 Raise the head of your bed 5 or 6 inches This makes it more difficult for the food and stomach acid to travel into the esophagus Step 8

If you suffer from heartburn frequently, keep track of when you get it and potential causes, and take this information to your doctor to work out a plan Did you know Nighttime heartburn sufferers cost the US economy $19 billion per week in lost productivity

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