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10 lifestyle changes that prevent heatburn

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Are you suffering from too much acidity, indigestion and heatburn inside your stomach? If these problems are taking toll on your health, then you need to make certain changes in your lifestyle to get relief eventually. We explain them over here.

1.Avoid Acid Generating Foods

You must avoid foods that generate acid and cause heatburn at any cost. Citrus fruits (lemon, cranberry, orange, etc.), spicy food items, meat, processed foods are a big NO for you. You should also control your sweet cravings for brownies, doughnuts, chocolates etc.

2.Don’t Sleep Immediately after Eating

Your food needs time to move down your digestive tract and therefore, do not lie down or sleep immediately after eating. Walk around your room or indulge in any kind of mild activities for at least half an hour. This will aid the digestion process.

3.Stop Sleeping on Stomach

What happens when you sleep on your stomach? Your body weight puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), as a result of which the contents of the stomach get pushed up to the esophagus which increases chances of heatburn and acidity.  Therefore, sleep on your back and place your head on a pillow.

4.Avoid Smoking and Drinking

Smoking tobacco definitely deteriorates your health. The nicotine content relaxes spinchter muscle of the esophagus, as a result of which you become more prone to acidity, indigestion and heatburn. Drinking alcohol and carbonated drinks have similar effect on your health.

5.Avoid too much Beverages

Hot tea and coffee do no good to acidity because caffeine simply stimulates it. If you have heatburn problems, then you must cut down your tea and coffee cuppas. Substitute with ginger root tea, green tea, lemon grass tea, etc.

6.Control Weight Gain

When your abdominal fat increases, it automatically exerts pressure on your esophagus. Well, the fat doesn’t do it directly; rather it pushes up the gastric juices to the esophagus, due to which  you become prone to frequent heatburn.  

7.Wear Light and Comfortable Clothes

Wearing tight clothes for a long time increases your body’s internal as well as external heat. Avoid wearing nylon clothing and tight clothes, belts if you regularly suffer from heatburn. Instead wear loose cotton clothing as much as possible.

8.Change your Eating Habits

If you are having large portion of meals in one go, then stop doing that. Your stomach secretes more acid to digest the food, which in turn gives rise to acidity problems. So we insist you to eat small portion of food every 2-3 hours. However, make sure you eat healthy.

9.Have Cold Water

Cold water gives you immediate relief. People who suffer from indigestion and acidity problems are advised to drink cold water frequently. Make sure you have at least 5-6 glasses of cold water in a day. Or else stick to normal temperature.

10.Check your Medicines

You may not be aware that the medicines you are taking regularly are interfering with your digestion process and causing that heatburn. If you are taking NSAIDs, blood pressure medicines, calcium, iron and potassium tablets, painkillers, etc. then you should consult with your doctor to know the best remedy.

Incorporate these lifestyle modifications for a month or more in order to notice substantial improvement in your health. Heatburn and other digestion problems will disappear for sure.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 03, 2015

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