More than 60 million Americans experience acid indigestion at least once a month, and whether the problem is occasional or unrelenting, mild or severe, there are a number of steps you can take to recognize and minimize heartburn or acid reflux.
Lose weight, particularly if you’re obese. Excess weight can contribute to heartburn and acid reflux. Obese people are nearly three times more likely than people of normal weight to have heartburn and acid reflux.
Re-examine what you put in your mouth. Fatty foods, alcohol, citrus juice, tomatoes, coffee, and chocolate can all irritate the lining of the esophagus and contribute to heartburn. Large meals can also increase the pressure on your stomach, pushing acid up into the esophagus.
Avoid eating two to three hours before bedtime. Acid reflux has been linked with sleep disturbances that can make you tired during the day and lose productivity at work.
Keep your head elevated when you sleep. Gravity is your friend when it comes to heartburn. If you lie flat, acid is more likely to flow “up” from your stomach, entering the esophagus. Consider elevating your head with a foam wedge or putting bricks under the head of your bed to lift it at least six inches off the floor.
Stop smoking. Tobacco smoke can trigger the production of stomach acid and relax the sphincter that connects the esophagus to the stomach, which can aggravate reflux. As if you needed another reason to quit.
For those who experience heartburn on a regular basis, making daily lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your heartburn discomfort.
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