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What can I do to feel better if I have heartburn?

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Try these tips to help relieve or prevent heartburn:

  • Raise the head of your bed about 6 inche with blocks or bricks under the legs of the bed.
  • Eat meals at least 3 to 4 hours before lying down, and don't eat bedtime snacks.
  • Eat smaller meals.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Limit fatty foods, chocolate, peppermint, coffee, tea, colas, and alcohol.
  • Limit tomatoes and citrus fruits or juices.
  • Avoid constipation.
  • If you smoke, stop.
  • Wear loose belts and clothing.

From: The Basics of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association.

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American Cancer Society: “Signs and symptoms of esophagus cancer.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 06, 2016

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