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DO MORE TO PREVENT HEARTBURN

Making changes to your lifestyle can help prevent or minimize the effects that heartburn has on you. Pick a couple of things to try and see if they make a difference.

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

If you’re overweight, losing a few pounds may help ease your heartburn symptoms. Less weight around your belly means less pressure that could force acid up into your esophagus. Learn HEARTBURN DIET TIPS that can help change how and what you eat to help you manage heartburn better.

EXERCISE MORE

Regular exercise can help in several ways. Exercise reduces stress, improves digestion, and helps control weight. It can also improve your mood, regulate blood sugar, and improve cardiovascular strength. Talk to your doctor before beginning or revising a diet or exercise program.

TRY MEDITATING

Meditation can help reduce stress and enhance your mental and physical well-being. See if making time to meditate a few times a week makes a difference in how you feel. A quick search online will turn up classes in your area, as well as books and instructional videos.

STOP SMOKING

If you stop smoking, it can help your heartburn, among many other health benefits. Smoking weakens the lower esophageal sphincter that normally keeps acid from coming up out of your stomach.