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How can I control heartburn?

Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics

Heartburn is very common but also preventable. Try these strategies to reduce the discomfort and potentially damaging effects of acid reflux over time.

  • Lose weight. Although normal weight individuals get heartburn, obesity increases the risk.
  • Avoid the foods that cause heartburn. Common culprits include spicy foods, fatty foods, highly acidic foods like tomatoes and orange juice, onions, mint, chocolate and alcohol.
  • Eat smaller meals.
  • Don’t eat too close to bedtime. A full belly at bedtime is a recipe for heartburn disaster. Instead, have your last meal 3 hours before you go to bed.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing. Clothes that fit too tightly around the waist can put pressure on the abdomen increasing the likelihood of heartburn. 
  • Elevate the head of your bed. This simple positioning can help keep stomach acid in the stomach instead of creeping into the esophagus while you sleep.
  • Don't smoke.

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