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How to Put the Fire Out Of Heartburn

Heartburn is a very common health condition that nearly every adult experiences at some point in their lives. It refers to a burning sensation in the chest or right behind the breastbone which, at times, creeps up to the throat. It happens when the muscles in the lower esophagus sphincter relaxes when they shouldn’t, causing acid to creep upwards, creating an uncomfortable burning sensation.

Although there are many over-the-counter medications that provide instant relief, one shouldn’t always rely on those temporary episodes of relaxation, instead, work on eliminating the problem. With some useful health tips, acid reflux can be prevented.

1.    Chewing Sugarless Gum:

Chewing gum after a meal promotes salivation in the mouth, which as a result, neutralizes the acids and keeps the esophagus soothed. But only sugarless gums should be chewed as added flavors such as peppermint may trigger heartburn.

2.    Sleep At an Inclined Angle:

Heartburn is most common during the night as the body’s laying posture makes it easier for the acid to creep up. If you suffer from heartburn frequently, try raising your torso using a wedge-shaped cushion.

3.    Give Up Late Night Munchies:

One of the major causes of heartburn or acid reflux is the consumption of any food less than three hours before sleep time. Most of us have the habit of sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night to munch on a snack, only to wake up hour after hour complaining of heartburn. To avoid heartburn, you need to allow your stomach some time to digest the food so that before you lie done, it has actually cleared out of your stomach.

4.    Quit Smoking:

Smoking irritates the esophagus and also weakens the valve between your stomach and the esophagus.

5.    Lose Weight

Being overweight can cause pressure on the stomach to digest food. This leaves some acid to escape and cause the burning sensation in your chest. Losing some weight will lower your chances of developing heartburn.

6.    Wear Loose-Fitted Clothes:

Lastly, if you have the habit of wearing tight fitted clothes, you are going to have a hard time getting rid of heartburn. Tight clothes, upon sitting, put more pressure on your abdomen and shrink it from all sides. The squeezing allows the acid to escape upwards, causing heartburn.

If after trying these home remedies, you still feel that the burning sensation that doesn’t go away or comes back after the medication wears off, we advise you get it checked with your primary care doctor. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Parikh today so that you can learn more about the cause. Call 469-262-5762, or visit for more information.