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By making a few simple changes you may be able to alleviate some of your heartburn pain.

If you experience heartburn more than two times per week, consult with a Health First specialist to learn more about relief options.

Common Causes for Heartburn

  • Overeating
  • Eating too quickly
  • Consuming foods high in fat
  • Acidic foods such as tomatoes & citrus
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Foods containing chocolate
  • Spicy foods
  • Obesity/Being overweight
  • Smoking

What Helps?

  • Drinks that are decaffeinated and noncarbonated (teas, milk, water)
  • Cut back on spicy and greasy foods
  • Keep a food diary and note what foods cause discomfort
  • Avoid eating within 2 to 3 hours before extended sleep periods (i.e. overnight)
  • Do not lay down right after a meal
  • Avoid wearing tight or form-fitting apparel or accessories
  • Elevate the head of your bed
  • Lose weight
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid exercise immediately after eating
  • Chew non-mint gum for 30 minutes following a meal