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Friday, February 17, 2012

Is it more than heartburn?

If you're plagued by heartburn two or more times a week, and it's not responding well to over-the-counter antacids, you need to see your doctor. Frequent bouts may mean you have gastroesophageal reflux disease which can severely irritate and damage the lining of the esophagus, putting you at risk of Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer, if it's not treated.

Lifestyle adjustments

Depending on the frequency and severity of your heartburn, there are a number of lifestyle adjustments you can make that can help you get relief and avoid a more serious problem down the road.

Consider these tips:

Adjust your diet: Certain foods can trigger heartburn like citrus fruits, tomatoes, fatty foods, chocolate, garlic, onions, spicy foods, mints, alcohol, coffee and sodas. Keep a food diary to track which foods cause the most problems.
Eat less: Take smaller portions and eat slower. Having a full stomach can cause acid reflux.

Lifestyle adjustments, treatments can help those suffering from heartburn.

Avoid exercising, bending or lying down for two hours after eating. Don't eat 2 to 3 hours before bedtime.

Monitor your meds: Drugs used to treat arthritis pain, asthma, osteoporosis, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure and more can cause heartburn.

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