Have you experienced heartburn?

@msedge (4012)
United States
August 22, 2008 12:00pm CST
More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn from time to time. It could be your diet, your workout, or your sleep routine. Get rid of the bad habits triggering your heartburn.There are 3 Ways to Prevent Heartburn Flare–ups: -Change the way you eat: If spicy, fatty, or dairy-heavy foods are on the daily menu, lighten up! An overly full stomach combined with greasy or highly spiced food is a potential recipe for reflux. Having healthy, moderately portioned meals is one of the best ways to dodge heartburn. Watch out for common triggers like chocolate, onions, garlic, citrus fruit, and tomatoes. Choose water instead of caffeinated or carbonated beverages, and avoid alcohol. -Wait at least an hour before working out: Exercising within an hour of eating could worsen the situation. Wait a while before hitting the gym, and when you do, try to keep high-impact workouts like jogging, aerobics, and rope jumping to a minimum. As a general rule, exercises that require bouncing or jumping will jostle stomach contents, possibly causing a wayward flow of acid. Go easy on heavy weight lifting, sit-ups, and stomach crunches that tense the stomach muscles, and always wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes that don't restrict the abdominal region. -Don't lie down: Because the combination of late-night eating and lying down is a risky one for those suffering from heartburn, it's especially important to eat dinner at a sensible hour and wait a while before you go to sleep. When bedtime beckons, you'll find that the laws of gravity never rest, even when you do, and nighttime heartburn can often be blamed on food and acid flowing backward into the esophagus while you're lying down. If reflux makes you restless, try sleeping with your head slightly raised or securing a wedge-shaped pillow underneath your mattress.
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I am very lucky as I am one of those who seldom has heartburn...in fact I can count on one hand the times that I have had it.....but you give some very good advice.
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@msedge (4012)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I am glad this is helpful
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@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
23 Aug 08
Hi msedge, though I haven’t experienced heartburn before, I still could realize how serious it influences the normal daily life of a person, because I had seen my husband’s sister who stayed with us did suffer heartburn for quite some time for the acid in her stomach flowing backward into the esophagus whenever she was lying down a year back. Luckily that she seek the help of doctor in the earlier stage so after taking medicine for more than a week or so, everything restored as normal again. Thanks a lot for your lengthy and detailed piece of information how to keep away from getting heartburn and the effect ways how to lessen the torture of heartburn as well. It’s really useful to have such knowledge as we could help someone at anytime if he comes across such ailment. posting and take care.
@msedge (4012)
• United States
29 Aug 08
Its better to be aware of the preventions so that we could live normal life without having this.
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• Canada
26 Oct 09
I suffer from chronic heartburn if I'm off of my medication. LOL Luckily for me the doc put me on some really good pills to keep the problem under control. I'm glad for them, or else I woudln't have been able to eat my husband's wonderfully delicious stuffed hot chilli peppers tonight. LOL
• Canada
26 Oct 09
I suffer from chronic heartburn if I'm off of my medication. LOL Luckily for me the doc put me on some really good pills to keep the problem under control. I'm glad for them, or else I woudln't have been able to eat my husband's wonderfully delicious stuffed hot chilli peppers tonight. LOL