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    How Can I Prevent Heartburn?

    Heartburn can often be prevented. Follow these tips to help prevent heartburn:

    • Maintain a reasonable weight.
    • Avoid any foods and beverages that worsen your symptoms.
    • Wear clothes that are loose around the waist.
    • Eat smaller meals and try not to overeat.
    • Don't smoke.
    • Avoid constipation.
    • Get enough sleep and minimize stress.
    • Wait three hours after eating before you lie down.
    • Elevate the head of your bed six to eight inches.

     

    Understanding Heartburn

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    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 18, 2015
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