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Sharon Gillson

Preventing Holiday Heartburn

By November 25, 2009

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If you suffer from frequent heartburn, you know that it is very likely to pay an unwelcome visit to your holiday feast. To help ensure the heartburn doesn't spoil your celebrations, try the following tips.

  • Avoid Foods That Can Trigger Heartburn
    If you aren't sure what foods can trigger your heartburn, try keeping a heartburn record for a week or two, and write down what you eat and indicate which foods cause heartburn symptoms and which don't.

  • Don't Overeat
    A too full stomach increases the chances of heartburn.

  • Avoid Lying Down After Eating
    Laying down within two to three hours after a meal increases your risk of having heartburn.

  • Watch Your Alcohol Consumption
    Alcohol increases the amount of acid the stomach produces, and relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES).

  • Chew Gum
    Chewing gum increases the production of saliva. This saliva can relieve heartburn by bathing the esophagus and lessening the effects of acid refluxed into the esophagus by washing it back down to the stomach.

  • Take an Antacid or H2 Blocker
    Taking an antacid, such as Tums or Mylanta, can neutralize existing acid to provide short-term relief. A H2 receptor blockers, such as Pepcid AC or Zantac 75, reduces acid production.
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