February 26, 2014
Have you ever felt like your chest was burning after a greasy dinner or big lunch? If so, you’re probably familiar with heartburn. Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is characterized by a painful burning in the chest or upper stomach that can spread all the way up to the neck and jaw.
While heartburn triggers can vary from person to person, you’re more likely to experience it if you eat spicy, fatty or greasy foods, smoke, are overweight or are pregnant. About 15 million Americans have heartburn symptoms every day, but there are several ways to decrease your heartburn symptoms.
Quit smoking. Cigarette smoke relaxes the muscle that stops acid from going back up into the esophagus. It also can increase the amount of acid your stomach makes.
Lose weight. If you are overweight, extra pounds can put extra pressure on your stomach. This can force more acid up into your esophagus.
Don’t lie down. After you eat, lying down can send digestive acid back up your esophagus. To give your stomach some time to digest your food before you relax, try sitting up and reading a book, playing a game, or even clean.
Try low-impact exercise. We all know exercise is great for our health, but some types of exercise can cause heartburn, such as crunches, running and jumping. Instead, try swimming, biking or yoga.
Avoid trigger foods. The foods that cause heartburn vary from person to person, but for many people, fatty and spicy foods are a common cause. Some examples of these foods are garlic, citrus, peppermint, steak and chocolate.
By making these changes, you’re one step closer to getting your heartburn under control and getting back to the things you enjoy! If you make these changes and still have heartburn symptoms, Prevea Heartburn Treatment Center can help.