MANAGING SYMPTOMS

TIPS FOR FIGHTING HEARTBURN

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 1
AVOID GOBBLING YOUR FOOD

Take your time, chew slowly and savor every bite. If you eat too fast, you may get really full before you realise it, which can aggravate the symptoms of heartburn.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 2
KNOW WHICH FOODS TO AVOID

Some foods can aggravate heartburn symptoms. These include fried or fatty foods, alcohol, caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea, chocolate, mint-flavored items, acidic juices and fruits, tomatoes and tomato sauce, spicy foods, onions, garlic and carbonated beverages

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 3 
DON’T OVERHYDRATE WHILE EATING

If you frequently get heartburn, decrease the amount of liquids you drink while eating. Liquids can increase stomach volume and compress the lower esophageal sphincter, increasing the risk of aggravating your reflux symptoms.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 4
TAKE FAT OUT OF THE EQUATION

Fatty foods can be your worst enemy. Foods like hamburgers and pizza slow down the digestive process and may increase the likelihood of heartburn. Play it safe with a diet rich in lean protein and high in fiber.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 5
EAT YOUR GREENS

Who doesn’t love a great-tasting, healthy salad? Salad greens are low in fat and rich in fiber, making it a great choice if you have heartburn. Just stay away from the tomatoes and avoid fatty dressings, fried items and cheese.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 6
KEEP MOVING

Moderate exercise can help you lose weight and may also minimise heartburn symptoms. Just remember to take your time. Don’t overtrain or go for instant intensity. Work your way up gradually to avoid any exercise-related injuries.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 7
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

Extra weight that causes pressure on your stomach can be a recipe for heartburn. Those added pounds can cause the lower esophageal sphincter muscles to ease up and that allows stomach acids to flow back into the esophagus. Maintaining a healthy weight can prevent this.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 8
CHEW GUM

Gum can be a helpful quick fix for easing heartburn symptoms. Chewing gum helps neutralise stomach acid by stimulating saliva production. It also makes you swallow more often, which flushes acid from the esophagus.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 9
THE VERSATILE CHICKEN

Make poultry a dinner time staple. There’s a variety of healthy ways to prepare it. Roast, grill, bake or broil chicken and turkey with light seasonings. Just make sure to remove the fatty skin, which can aggravate the symptoms of heartburn.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 10
EMBRACE THE BEAN

Beans and legumes are all that and more. Toss them in salads, use them in soups or pile on top of brown rice. They are a soft-on-stomachs option that won’t trigger symptoms of heartburn.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 11
GET MORE SLEEP

Not getting a full night’s sleep can increase acid production and cause heartburn. Eight hours is the magic number. Anything less and you run the risk of aggravating acidity. Pursue activities that help reduce the level of stress and anxiety in your life, such as mediation, yoga and exercise.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 12
LOOSEN UP

Opt for wearing loose-fitting outfits if you’re prone to acidity. Clothing that’s tight around the middle can put pressure on your stomach and intensify reflux symptoms.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 13
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERE’S FIRE.

Beans and legumes are all that and more. Toss them in salads, use them in soups or pile on top of brown rice. They are a soft-on-stomachs option that won’t trigger symptoms of heartburn.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 14
GO BANANAS

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

Everyone loves a sweet treat, especially if it’s chocolate. But chocolate also can aggravate heartburn symptoms. When it’s time for dessert, grab a banana instead. Bananas are not only low in acid but also easy to digest.

LIFESTYLE TIP NO. 15
DON’T EAT AND SLEEP

There’s nothing like a good meal to make you sleepy. But if you're prone to symptoms of heartburn, you shouldn’t lie flat for at least three hours after you've eaten. Once you put down your fork, get moving and go for a brisk walk.