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What lifestyle changes can help with treating heartburn?

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One safe, first step is to cut out any foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn symptoms. Coffee, chocolate, carbonated drinks, fatty and spicy foods, tomatoes, citrus fruits, some dairy, and alcohol are common heartburn triggers. With heartburn, eating smaller meals and avoiding food for two to three hours before bedtime can ease symptoms. You may want to keep a heartburn diary to help determine what foods trigger the problem. Cutting out smoking and losing weight if you're overweight can also relieve heartburn.

SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Heartburn" and "Heartburn: What's Going On Down There?" Tara O'Brien, PharmD, pharmacy manager, Pharmaca, Seattle, Washington. Heartburn Alliance: "What Are the Causes of Heartburn Aggravation?" American Academy of Family Physicians: "Antacids and Acid Reducers: OTC Relief for Heartburn and Acid Reflux." WebMD Medical Reference: "Understanding Heartburn - Treatment."



Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 07, 2018

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