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Understanding Heartburn -- Prevention

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

Find out more about heartburn:

Basics

Treatment

Prevention

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on March 28, 2014

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