When it comes to heartburn, the less you trigger it, the less you burn. The tricky thing is, everyone's triggers may be different. Read through the usual suspects below, and make a note of which things you know —or suspect — may be your triggers. You may even want to keep a heartburn diary for a while. The goal isn't to totally eliminate triggers, but to get better at making choices.
By no means the only thing that triggers heartburn,
food certainly is a biggie. Here are the most common trigger foods. Should we say sorry now?
Sleep?! Well, it's not sleeping itself that causes heartburn, it's the fact that most of us like to do it lying down. And when you lie down, your horizontal position can make it easier for acid to creep up out of your stomach into your esophagus (thanks a lot, gravity).
Eating too close to bedtime can also trigger heartburn, if your body's
still digesting a lot of food when you lie down.
Unless you're living in a bubble, you probably experience some stress in your life. While it's not a direct trigger of heartburn, stress can make it feel worse. It can also make you reach for things like cigarettes, alcohol, or greasy comfort food.
Some medicines, both over-the-counter and prescription, can trigger heartburn, even in people who've never had heartburn before. Speak to your doctor if you think this may be the case. Never stop taking any prescription medication without consulting your doctor.
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