Understanding Heartburn -- Prevention

Medically Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar, MD on January 24, 2020

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.



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