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Heartburn 101 - Preventing Heartburn


Updated May 14, 2008

Tips and self-help suggestions for preventing heartburn / acid reflux.

Top 10 Heartburn Prevention Tips
These are simple lifestyle changes you can make and tips you can follow that will help you prevent heartburn.

Heartburn and Stress
While stress hasn't been linked directly to heartburn, it is known that it can lead to behaviors that can trigger heartburn. During stressful times, routines are disrupted and people may not follow their normal routines in regards to meals, exercise, and medication. It is important to find ways to alleviate the stress, and thus make stress-related heartburn less likely.

Heartburn and Alcohol
Alcohol can have several unpleasant affects on heartburn sufferers. It is best to avoid alcohol as much as possible if you suffer from acid reflux. But there are a few tips that may make it possible for you to enjoy alcoholic beverages if consumed in moderation.

Heartburn and Smoking
If you smoke, consider stopping or decreasing the amount you smoke. This is a wise decision for a few reasons.

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