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What are some ways to soothe heartburn at home?

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You can:

  • Avoid peppermint, caffeine, sodas, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, onions, and high-fat items.
  • Stop eating at least two or three hours before bedtime so your stomach can empty before you lie down.
  • Eat slowly. Take smaller bites.
  • Get to a healthy weight.
  • Note when your symptoms happen and what you ate.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking can make it harder for the muscle that keeps acids in your stomach to work.
  • Loosen your belt. Tight clothes put added pressure on the abdomen.
  • Put wood blocks under your bed to raise the head about 6 inches.

SOURCES:

American Gastrointestinal Association: "Heartburn."

Richter, J. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, September 2007.

Nilsson, M. Gut, December 2004.

Pereira, R. Journal of Pineal Research, October 2006.

Moazzez, R. Journal of Dental Research, November 2005.

Klupinska, G. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, November 2006.

Kligler, B. American Family Physician, April 2007.

Rakel, D. Integrative Medicine. Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American Gastrointestinal Association: "Heartburn."

Richter, J. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America, September 2007.

Nilsson, M. Gut, December 2004.

Pereira, R. Journal of Pineal Research, October 2006.

Moazzez, R. Journal of Dental Research, November 2005.

Klupinska, G. Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, November 2006.

Kligler, B. American Family Physician, April 2007.

Rakel, D. Integrative Medicine. Saunders Elsevier, 2007.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 15, 2019

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