Avoiding heartburn

Heartburn is a painful condition and has a burning sensation that can be felt in your chest or throat. There are many ways to prevent this:

Eat smaller meals

Too much eating can’t just make you gain weight but can also cause heartburn. Too much food stretches your stomach and puts pressure on a group of muscles that helps keep food and acid from backing up towards your esophagus.

Avoid alcohol, fatty foods, chocolate and mint

These foods can trigger heartburn. They contain a chemical that relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter and build an upward flow of stomach contents.

Consider using an antacid or H-2 blocker

Antacids like Maalox, Mylanta, Tums, and others can help offset stomach acids temporarily. Histamine (H-2) blockers such as Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, Zantac 75 and others are medicines that you can take without a prescription. This medicine reduces stomach acid production, which may ease and prevent symptoms when taken before a meal. Take note that too much consumption of antacids or H-2 blockers can cause side effects.

Don’t eat before sleeping

After eating, wait for two to three hours before lying down or sleeping. By that time, the acid in your stomach is already elevated and may diminish from that meal.

Stop smoking

Smoking can destroy your lungs. Cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine can loosen up your lower esophageal sphincter, allowing acids to flow back towards your throat.

Lose excess weight

Being overweight can cause different health problems. So, staying fit and healthy is a plus point for a longer life. Also, staying fit can reduce the chances of heartburn by reducing the pressure that your abdomen places on your stomach when lying. 

Wear loose clothes

Fashion is important to us people. Just be careful on what you wear, especially those tight ones. A tight belt and waistband can put pressure on your stomach and push acid towards the esophagus, further causing you to feel discomfort. So wear comfortable clothes and pants that can look you good and feel you good. 

Elevate the head of your bed

To avoid acid to come up, always place your head four to six inches from your bed by the use of a pillow. This helps acid stay in your stomach where it belongs.