How to Prevent Heartburn

The specific triggers of heartburn differ from person to person. The most common causes are food, lifestyle, pregnancy or other medical conditions.

To learn what makes your body tick, keep tabs on yourself. Learn the behaviors that trigger your heartburn and be proactive. You are your body’s first line of defense against heartburn.

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Tips for managing heartburn

To avoid heartburn, try the following:

Avoid certain foods for heartburn
Avoid certain foods that cause symptoms, such as rich, spicy, fatty and fried foods, chocolate, caffeine, carbonated beverages, alcohol, coffee, ketchup and mustard, mints, vinegar, tomato and citrus juices, and other acidic fruits and juices.
Eat in moderation to avoid heartburn
Enjoy food in moderation. Check the nutritional labels on the foods you eat to make sure you’re portioning accurately. Smaller, slower and more frequent meals are better than three large meals a day.
Eat early to avoid heartburn
Be conscious of when you eat, avoid late-night snacks, and raise the head of your bed. Let gravity do its work.
Wear loose fitting clothes to avoid heartburn
Get comfy. Belts and tight-fitting clothing may be fashionable, but they also put extra pressure on your stomach. That extra pressure can interfere with your body’s ability to keep acid in your stomach, where it belongs, and not cause heartburn.
Stay healthy to avoid frequent heartburn
Keep tabs on yourself. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Track what and how you eat, your physical activity and any medicines you may be taking so you can learn your body’s heartburn triggers and avoid them in the future.