As summer rolls around, we’re all looking forward to grilling out, enjoying the sunshine, and relaxing with our friends and family. But all too often, heartburn can step in and put a real damper on our special occasions.
There are, however, many ways that you can reduce the symptoms of heartburn by watching what you eat, controlling your portion sizes, and incorporating certain foods into your diet that help reduce the amount of stomach acid your body produces.
Today we’re here to talk about ways to prevent heartburn, and we’d like to remind you that you should check with your doctor if your symptoms are chronic or persistent.
If your symptoms are severe, we here at ViaMedic offer our acid-reflux medication, Nexium, which might be just what you need.
Habits for a Heart-Burn Relieving Lifestyle
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid is overproduced and pushes your stomach’s contents back up into your esophagus, or when the valve that closes off your esophagus from the top of your stomach is weakened, which allows leakage from your stomach.
Unfortunately, stomach acid problems can only be managed with a combination of lifestyle changes and medications, but the upside is that many of these lifestyle changes will positively affect your life in many other ways, through weight loss, extended lifespan, more energy, and greater overall health!
Read on to learn about some simple habits that will make a huge difference in your daily comfort if you deal with heartburn on a regular basis:
- Eat slowly. This is a primary tool in the war against heartburn.
Eating slowly will encourage you to properly chew your food, which eases the load on your stomach and enables better digestion. Slow eating also helps you recognize when you’re full before you’ve already over-eaten, which can help with weight loss efforts as well.
Relatedly, losing weight can be a powerful tool in your anti-heartburn arsenal. Your body has a much easier time reducing heartburn symptoms as you lower your weight.
- Keep track of heartburn triggers, through a notebook or other type of log, and avoid these foods.
Some common heartburn causes are foods such as onion, peppermint, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and greasy or fatty foods. Everyone is an individual, though, and your heartburn causes will be different based on your body’s reaction.
- Don’t go to bed with a full stomach.
If you wait a few hours before going to bed, your stomach will have time to digest your food, which will decrease stomach acid levels as you lie down to sleep. Many people’s acid reflux problems get worse when they lie down because the stomach is horizontal, and more acid can leak into the esophagus.
Supplementing with Medication
Medication like Nexium might ultimately be the best choice for treating your heartburn or acid reflux symptoms.
If you’ve made changes to your lifestyle but still have ongoing, persistent symptoms, remember that ViaMedic offers Nexium, specially designed to not only relieve symptoms but heal damage in your esophagus.