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5 Things: Preventing Heartburn

If you've ever experienced heartburn, you know it's not something you ever want to experience again. That irritating, burning feeling in your upper chest and throat is so uncomfortable. If you have heartburn occasionally, then it's not going to cause any major problems, but if it's something you're dealing with on a daily basis, then it can damage your esophagus and lead to bleeding or trouble breathing. Recurring heartburn may also be an indication that you have acid reflux disease, or another condition like a peptic ulcer. If that's the case, I'd see a doctor ASAP.

Here are some ways you can prevent it from happening in the first place:

  1. If you tend to get heartburn when you lie down at night, place four to six inch blocks under the legs at the head of your bed to raise it up. It's also a good idea to eat at least two to three hours before lying down.
  2. Overeating and being overweight can cause heartburn, so if you tend to eat more than you should most of the time, it's time to work on your portion sizes.
  3. Eat high-protein, low-fat meals.
  4. Know your triggers. Avoid spicy foods, coffee, tomatoes, smoking, citrus fruits, onions, medications (like aspirin or ibuprofen), and other things that give you heartburn.
  5. Avoid wearing tight clothes and belts.

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Sarah-T Sarah-T 7 years
Aloecure is really an amazing product. I have serious heartburn too and found the product in GNC. The box instantly caught my eye, and since it said it helped to balance acidity, I decided to give it a try. To my surprise, I really feel so much better now. Now I give the juice to my uncle who has been suffering from so much stomach pain that he could not get to sleep at night. And the result is just amazing. Both of us now are regular users.
mleander mleander 7 years
AloeCure Aloecure. Its amazing. I have the worst heartburn after I work out and have tried everything and this is by far the best. You just drink the aloe juice and literally 15 minutes later its gone. I've been telling everyone about it. Minus the not so good taste its great. I found it at Walgreens. A must try!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This is horrible!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
This is horrible!
emalove emalove 7 years
I've only had heartburn two or three times in my life; all were caused by taking medication with not enough water. It felt terrible! My sister suffers from acid reflux disease, so does my father...I don't know how they deal with it! Such a horrible feeling.
winterbride07 winterbride07 7 years
It's important to point out that heartburn doesn't always indicate that you have too much stomach acid. Strangely enough, the symptoms of low stomach acid are the same as high stomach acid. I was treated with prescription acid blockers, a double dose every day, for 10 years - turns out I actually had LOW stomach acid and eventually NO stomach acid after the meds. I developed very serious digestive problems including paralyzed stomach muscles. I now can eat little more than baby food and white toast. My PSA: Don't just blindly take acid blockers because you have heartburn. Do your research and take responsibility for your healthcare.
winterbride07 winterbride07 7 years
It's important to point out that heartburn doesn't always indicate that you have too much stomach acid. Strangely enough, the symptoms of low stomach acid are the same as high stomach acid. I was treated with prescription acid blockers, a double dose every day, for 10 years - turns out I actually had LOW stomach acid and eventually NO stomach acid after the meds. I developed very serious digestive problems including paralyzed stomach muscles. I now can eat little more than baby food and white toast. My PSA: Don't just blindly take acid blockers because you have heartburn. Do your research and take responsibility for your healthcare.
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