15 Natural Ways to Ease Heartburn

Take a cue from ancient culinary traditions, and try to work a digestive aid, like miso soup, into each meal. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Take a cue from ancient culinary traditions, and try to work a digestive aid, like miso soup, into each meal. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

If you suffer from heartburn, follow these 15 dos and don’ts to minimize it naturally (via Care2.com):

1. Do find out the root cause of your heartburn. Heartburn has many root causes, including stress, food allergies, and structural problems with your esophageal sphincter.

2. Do consider raising the head of your bed. Elevating your head keeps the contents of the stomach from sliding up against the LES (the sphincter that separates the esophagus from the stomach) while you sleep. Try placing a 4-by-4-inch piece of wood under the top two legs of your bed, or using a foam wedge under your mattress.Continue Reading …

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7 Habits to Stop Heartburn

French fries and other fried foods can exacerbate heartburn symptoms. (Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Making these seven healthy habits from Health.com part of your daily routine could stop heartburn before it even starts:

  1. Eat small, frequent meals. Having a very full stomach can cause the valve between your stomach and esophagus to relax, which can force stomach acids back up into the esophagus. Eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of three larger ones can help.
  2. Avoid these foods. Certain foods can worsen heartburn symptoms. Steer clear of those highest on the list, including spicy foods, fatty red meat, French fries (and other fried foods), citrus fruit, raw onion, tomatoes, butter, oil, peppermint, chocolate and caffeine.Continue Reading …
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