Summer Foods: Don't Feel the Heartburn
Just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you have to feel the heat of heartburn when enjoying foods of the season.
So What Can You Eat for a Heartburn-Free Summer?
The key to enjoying summer foods is to know what agrees with you, Magee
Other Tips for Preventing Heartburn
Both Liddle and Magee agree that when you eat and how much have a real
effect on heartburn.
If you're prone to heartburn, Magee recommends eating three to four
hours before bedtime. "Often people won't eat all day while they are
running around in the heat," she says. Then when they eat at night, they
eat too much and then go to bed. This makes stomach contents more likely to
If you are taking aspirin, pain meds, antibiotics, or iron, be extra
cautious. These can set off heartburn.
Other ways to help drench your heartburn include:
- Exercise as usual, but don't eat before, during, or just after.
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Stop smoking (it not only stimulates acid production, but loosens the valve
that protects your throat and can also reduce saliva production).
- Elevate your bed with wedges.
- Take over-the-counter medication. If you find you need something more than
twice a week check with your doctor. You may need a prescription.
- Relax! The stress doesn't cause the heartburn, but it can cause you to
gobble trigger foods.
If you get heartburn daily, despite lifestyle and eating changes, Liddle
suggests consulting a physician.