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5 Tips for Heartburn Relief

By on March 28, 2013
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(härt’bûrn’)
n. A burning sensation, usually centered in the middle of the chest  near the sternum, caused by the reflux of acidic stomach fluids that enter the  lower end of the esophagus. Also called acid reflux, cardialgia,  Also called pyrosis.

Millions of men experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) everyday. In fact, you can pass almost any packed fast-food joint at lunchtime and almost count the cases of heartburn percolating for nighttime reprisal. In fact, research shows that nighttime heartburn affects nearly four out of five of heartburn sufferers — disturbing sleep and impairing their ability to function the next day.

Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest that can extend to the neck, throat, and face; it is worsened by bending or lying down. It is the primary symptom of gastro esophageal reflux, which is the movement of stomach acid into the esophagus. On rare occasions, it is due to gastritis (stomach lining inflammation).

But knowing what it is and identifying the common symptoms are only part of the solution to fight GERD. Scouring the web, we’ve found five options to help you chill the burn.

Five Tips for Heartburn Relief

  1. Prevent heartburn by limiting acidic foods, like citrus fruits, tomatoes, or vinegar. And that includes dishes with these as the main ingredients (e.g. spaghetti, salad dressing, etc.).
  2. Spicy foods are known to cause heartburn. Reduce intake of pepper and chilies.
  3. Don’t run to the couch to lie down for after you eat. When you are sitting up, gravity helps drain food and stomach acid into your stomach.
  4. Eat more lean meats and non-fatty foods. Greasy foods (e.g. fries, cheeseburgers, etc.) can trigger
    heartburn. Another reason to avoid fatty foods.
  5. Libations can also trigger reflux, such as alcohol, drinks with caffeine, and carbonated drinks. In this case Starbucks may not be your friend. Choose wisely.

If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastro esophageal reflux disease. See a doctor right away it could mean an increased risk for cancer.

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