Heartburn Remedies To Improve Your Lifestyle
April 7, 2012 | By Rachel Leone
Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Are you tired of feeling a burning sensation in your chest and throat after eating? It may be time to change your lifestyle to find heartburn remedies.

Heartburn is typically caused by poor eating habits and a lack of physical activity. Eating too fast, too much, going to bed with a full stomach or consuming acidic or spicy foods can cause heartburn. Physical activity helps maintain body weight and also eases the flow of oxygen throughout your body which supports a healthy digestive system.

Natural heartburn remedies or tips are listed below:

  • Avoid alcohol, coffee, and carbonated drinks.
  • Don't eat within two to three hours before going to bed.
  • Begin an exercise program: Excess fat in the abdomen puts pressure on the stomach. This can push gastric acid back up into the esophagus.
  • Eat smaller meals: Don't eat more than your stomach can comfortably digest at one time. Excess food can push gastric acids out of your stomach.
  • Quit smoking: Smoking decreases the ability of the lower esophageal sphincter, valve separating the stomach from the esophagus, to work properly.
  • Don't wear tight fitting clothes. This includes belts and slimming undergarments that put excess pressure on the abdomen and push things around.
  • Elevate the head of your bed six to nine inches. There are special feet that can be inserted to accomplish this, but cement and wood blocks work as well. Purchasing a wedge that fits between the mattress and box spring should work also.

There are certain foods that cause heartburn in many people. Acidic foods and drinks are the most common. Orange juice and anything with tomato or tomato sauce is typically reported as the most problematic for heartburn. Spicy or fried foods are also popular causes of heartburn. In some cases, dairy products have been known to lead to heartburn.

If you think specific foods are causing your heartburn, try keeping a food journal. Note all of the foods you eat and how your body reacts to those foods. After a week or two, you should be able to pinpoint which foods are causing your discomfort. Staying away from these trigger foods usually provides the best relief from heartburn.

Over-the-counter antacids, nizatidine and ranitidine are frequently used to relieve immediate heartburn symptoms. They can break down acid in the stomach and relieve pressure. However, these medicines do not prevent heartburn from returning.

As with many health conditions, improving your diet, being physically active and sleeping at least seven hours per night, should help alleviate heartburn symptoms.

If you suffer from severe heartburn, consult your doctor. Your body may be warning you of other health issues.

The content material of this article or webpage is for educational and consumer information purposes only, under section 5 of DSHEA.

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