Heartburn Relief

Acid Reflux Solution Kit

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Heartburn can be a really painful condition that can prevent you from enjoying your food. It’s a symptom of acid reflux, and heartburn itself usually feels like an uncomfortable burning sensation making its way from your stomach to your abdomen and throat. The pain can be stinging or burning and it can be associated with other symptoms, such as regurgitation and pains in the stomach. Heartburn can also cause nausea and vomiting, making it a very unpleasant problem to deal with.

You can really make a difference to your heartburn symptoms if you simply make a few lifestyle changes. Millions of people deal with heartburn and millions of people can be helped by changing a few things such as the type of food they eat and the time of day that they eat their food.

Lifestyle Changes

  • Change the sorts of food you eat. Foods that are thought to exacerbate or cause heartburn are as follows: grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange, vinegar, chili, black pepper, greasy food such as burgers, fries, potato chips and chocolate, mint, pepper and mustard. If you cut these foods from your diet you should notice that your heartburn symptoms disappear.
  • Don’t eat food too quickly! Many people suffer with heartburn because they simply eat their food far too quickly. Take your time over your meals and make sure that you take time to enjoy your food.
  • Don’t lie down for at least two to three hours after eating food. Sitting up means that gravity does its job of moving the food into your stomach along with your stomach acid. If you lie down, stomach acid can travel back up towards your throat where the food will still be situated and you’ll experience heartburn and possible regurgitation.
  • Enjoy lean meats and chicken rather than fatty processed meats. Make an effort to cook your own meals from scratch and avoid foods that are overly processed, be it with salt or fat.
  • Eat smaller portions. Quite often, eating too much food can be the simple cause of heartburn. Put less on your plate and you’re likely to eat less in the long run – plus, you could lose some weight, helping with a common cause of heartburn – obesity.
  • Attempt to lose weight if you are overweight or obese. This weight will mean that your body has to work harder to digest food, causing possible heartburn and other acid reflux symptoms.
  • Avoid cola and other carbonated or caffeinated drinks as these are thought to cause heartburn. Switch to plain water with a slice of lemon and some ice instead.
  • Keep away from tight clothes. Wearing clothes that are too tight can cause pressure on your stomach, which can trigger heartburn. Instead, wear light, loose clothes that don’t constrict your stomach in any way.
  • Attempt to become less stressed. Being overly stressed can increase your stomach acid levels, meaning that there is more chance of heartburn and other problems. Try to relax for at least an hour at the end of each day and wind down from all of the stresses and tribulations of the day.
  • Try chewing gum. Chewing gum boosts the production of saliva as you work it around your mouth, which in turn neutralizes stomach acid, lessening the risk of heartburn.
  • If you’re taking lots of antacids or your symptoms are particularly bad at night, you could have something called gastro esophageal reflux disease, which is a more serious problem that requires different treatment to simple acid reflux disease. GERD can cause cancer if left untreated, so it is important to speak to your doctor if you think you may be suffering with it.
  • Quit smoking. Nicotine can cause your esophageal sphincter to relax, allowing the acid to travel up your throat.

For more information on how to relieve your heartburn symptoms, speak to your doctor.