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How to decrease the risk of heartburn without use of medication

Written By northidahodpc

How to decrease the risk of heartburn without use of medication

March 30, 2012

Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart; it is simply refers to acid regurgitation from the stomach up into the esophagus, causing a burning discomfort in the chest and sometimes a sour or bitter taste in the mouth.  There are a number of preventative measures that one may take to decrease the chance of this uncomfortable and potentially dangerous condition from occurring:

1)lose weight, don’t overeat and don’t eat within 2 to 3 hours of bedtime,
2)avoid fatty and spicy foods, especially chocolate, onions, tomato products, mints and citrus fruit,
3)give up smoking and limit alcohol, carbonated beverages and coffee (caffeinated as well as decaffeinated),
4)avoid aspirin and other NSAIDs including ibuprofen and naproxen sodium,
5)elevated the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches,
6)avoid tight fitting clothing and belts,
7)reduce stress.

If heartburn continues despite these measures, a medical consultation is strongly recommended…..Richard R Samuel, MD     Family Practice and Urgent Care   Hayden, ID  USA

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