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Article Home Adult and Senior Health Tips to fight heartburn

Tips to fight heartburn

Heartburn can occur due to bad food choices and overeating. Certain food items like citrus fruits, sodas, fatty foods, onion, garlic, tomatoes and spicy foods are the triggering factors of heartburn. Certain lifestyle changes can prevent heart burn.

  • It is best to eat several small meals instead of two or three large meals.
  • Take cold milk when you have heartburn.
  • Do not lie down after eating.
  • Avoid having late night snacks.
  • Certain foods like chocolate, mint and alcohol make the heart burn worse
  • Avoid a food which increases the heartburn symptoms like spicy foods, foods that have lot of acid like tomatoes and oranges and coffee.
  • Avoid smoking of chewing tobacco.
  • Avoid alcohol intake
  • Raise the head end by 6 to 8 inches at night.
  • Do not wear tight clothing in the middle.
  • Reduce your weight if you are overweight.
  • You can take antacids to prevent heartburn.
  • Eat more of vegetables and fruits to prevent heartburn.
  • Non citrus fruits like apples, berries, grapes, prunes, peaches, banana and high fiber vegetables like broccoli, spinach help to prevent the heart burn. So increase these things in your diet.
  • Avoid taking medications like pain killers, antibiotics, steroids if you have heartburn since these tablets tend to increase the heartburn.
  • Avoid salty and fatty foods.
  • Avoid fast foods like hamburgers, pizzas