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6 Tips to Ease Exercise Heartburn

Is your heartburn triggered by running, aerobics, or other forms of exercise?

Exercise Heartburn: To Eat or Not to Eat?

No doubt you've often wondered: Should you eat before exercise or work out on an empty stomach?

"That depends on how much exercise you're going to do," says O'Brien. "You always want to have fuel." She advises at least having a light snack -- a banana would be perfect fuel for exercise -- unless you're going for a 20-mile run.

Call Your Doctor or Pharmacist If:

  • Your symptoms aren't relieved, no matter what you do.
  • You have chest pain, either triggered by exercise or not. Chest pain can be a warning sign of a mild heart attack. People having heart attacks have been known to dismiss their chest pain as "just a little heartburn."

So hold the coffee and orange juice before you work out, try yogurt or a banana an hour or two before exercise, and keep your headstands short to avoid heartburn.

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Reviewed on April 13, 2009

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