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Avoiding heartburn

Heartburn results from a backup of acid-containing stomach contents into your esophagus.

Post by on Sunday, June 13, 2021

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Here are tips for prevention:

▪︎Eat smaller meals

Too much food expands your stomach and puts pressure on a band of muscle (the lower esophageal sphincter) that helps keep food and acid from backing up into your esophagus.

▪︎ Consider taking medications like anti-acids or H2-blockers ONLY under proper supervision by a doctor.

▪︎Avoid alcohol, fatty foods, chocolates, junk foods

These foods can relax your lower esophageal sphincter and promote upward flow of stomach contents.

▪︎Don’t eat before sleeping

Wait two to three hours after eating before lying down. This allows enough time for increased stomach acid produced after a meal to taper off and for the stomach to empty from that meal.

▪︎Stop smoking

The nicotine from cigarettes can relax your lower esophageal sphincter, allowing acid to flow back into your esophagus.

▪︎Lose excess weight

Slimming down if you are overweight helps reduce the pressure your abdomen puts on your stomach when you are lying down.

▪︎Wear loose/comfortable clothes

A tight belt or waistband can put pressure on your stomach and push acid into your esophagus, causing discomfort.

 

▪︎Elevate the head end of your bed

Raise the head end of your bed four to six inches. This helps keep stomach acid in your stomach, where it belongs.

 

Dr. Tasaduk Hussain Itoo

 

 


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