Heartburn can range from being just an occasional nuisance to being an excruciating condition. For anyone who’s never had it, or is looking for a description of heartburn, it feels like a burning sensation in the bottom of your throat or in your chest. If you have chronic acid reflux, it can definitely be more difficult to enjoy life, especially in the evenings. With these tips, you will be able to prevent heartburn and get back to your life and all of the activities you love to do.
While smoking is a bad habit for anyone and causes many more serious health problems, it also contributes to an increased likelihood of heartburn. This is because the nicotine in cigarettes relaxes the opening to the esophagus and allows stomach acid to enter the esophagus.
A diet is another tool that you can use to prevent heartburn which will have many other positive benefits as well. Extra body weight, particularly around the waist, puts pressure on the stomach and forces the acid to rise. Any pounds that can be lost will help relieve this pressure. If you’re overweight, make this lifestyle change in order to help reduce your acid reflux.
Avoid Trigger Foods
If you have frequent heartburn, you may notice that it is due to a certain type of food you are eating. There are many foods which cause acid reflux, some of them being: chocolate, spicy foods, tomato products, fatty foods, onions, citruses, mints and peppermints. Drinks which cause heartburn include: coffee (decaffeinated and caffeinated), carbonated beverages (the bloating puts pressure on the stomach), and alcohol. Instead, drink water, milk, or non-citrus juices with your meals.
This was already mentioned in the previous section, but it’s important to reiterate that alcohol can nosedive any plan you have for getting rid of your heartburn. Some alcoholic drinks are worse than others, my rule is that if it burns my throat when it goes down, it’s going to burn later, too. For instance, Hypnotiq is instant heartburn in a bottle. Light beers are good because they don’t cause all of the bloating that regular beers do.
Don’t Eat Late at Night
Eating right before bed or before lying down can possibly trigger heartburn. This is because your stomach is already churning and trying to digest the food. Lying down makes it easier for stomach acid to reach the bottom of your esophagus.
Fluff up Your Pillows
In addition to the previous tip, you might want to elevate your head when you are sleeping because that will make it more difficult for the acid to reach your esophagus.
Avoid Certain Medications
There will be some times that you might decide to live with heartburn. For example, if you have to choose between heartburn and a headache. Aspirin and ibuprofen can both potentially cause acid reflux. There are other additional medications that cause it, too, like certain blood pressure medications. Ask your doctor if you can switch to one that doesn’t have that side effect, but never stop taking prescribed medications without consulting your doctor.
Wear Loose Clothes
Trying to fit into your skinny jeans? Don’t. Squeezing your stomach and waist with tight clothes and belts will cause unnecessary pressure to build up in your stomach, and by now you know what that means. Pass the Pepcid.
Eat Small Meals
It’s pretty obvious that smaller meals are going to cause less heartburn, but try explaining that to yourself when you sit down at an all-you-can-eat buffet. We all love to indulge, but heartburn sufferers have to look out. Try your best to not overeat and if you do, definitely make sure you’re not eating any of your trigger foods.
“Oops, I forgot my pill”
If you take medication for your heartburn, try to take it at the same time every day. This will keep your system in balance and you will be able to fight off heartburn before it even starts. Most of these types of daily medications don’t have much of an effect after the pain of heartburn has already set in, they have to be taken before.
How are you going to know which foods trigger your heartburn? How are you going to know if your medication gave you heartburn? Maybe you want to know which type of alcoholic drinks you can have without burping up fire the next day. If you keep track of all of these things, you will have a clear view of what to avoid and be able to make a clear plan to fight heartburn.
With these tips, you will be able to win the battle against heartburn. Happy fighting!