Finding Heartburn Relief at Home

March 14, 2014 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Heartburn is very common – and can be very unpleasant. It is triggered when stomach acid backs up into your esophagus. It makes you feel as though someone has lit a small fire in your chest, and it’s burning up in your throat.

While medications can help, natural heartburn remedies and lifestyle changes might help soothe the pain. Here are a few simple strategies that may help you calm the burn:

  • Watch what when and how you eat.
    • Avoid “trigger” foods, such as peppermint, caffeine, soda, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, and high-fat foods
    • Eat more fiber
    • Reduce your portion sizes by eating five or six small meals a day
    • Stop eating at least two or three hours before bedtime
    • Eat slowly, taking smaller bites
  • Lose weight. Excess abdominal fat can press against the stomach, forcing acids up into the esophagus. Follow a diet and exercise program to shed extra pounds.
  • Keep a diary. Write down what you’ve eaten and when your heartburn symptoms occur so you can pinpoint which foods are your triggers and avoid them.
  • Toss the cigarettes. Smoking can reduce the effectiveness of the muscle that keeps acids in the stomach.

Source: WebMD

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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