Do you have heartburn? This problem can often be caused by high-acid fruit (like tomatoes and citrus), garlic, chocolate, coffee, and high-fat foods that can irritate the esophageal lining. Pregnancy, overeating and wearing tight clothes can also trigger or heighten heartburn because of the pressure on the stomach. If you often have heartburn, this article can help.
Find the food triggers
Observe when heartburn usually happens: the time of day, the type of food you usually eat at that time. Sometimes making a quick note in your daily planner can help you detect the patterns.
Many heartburn sufferers say that drinking a tall glass of water half an hour before a meal can alleviate the symptoms. That’s because water can help increase the mucous levels on the stomach lining, which lowers your risk of heartburn. However, too much water can make your digestive enzymes less effective, so don’t overdo it—a glass (approximately 8 ounces) is enough.
Eat more slowly
Don’t gulp down your food. Chew longer, because digestion process begins in the mouth. When you break food into tiny pieces you make it easier for your body to break down nutrients and absorb them.
Digestive enzyme supplements, which are sold in health food stores, boost your body’s digestion by helping to break down the food. Many are made from natural sources like fruits.
You can also take herbs like dandelion leaves that can increase your body’s production of digestive enzymes. Some foods like broccoli sprouts can also kill bacteria that research has linked to heartburn. And load up on yogurt, which are rich in probiotics that improve overall digestive health.
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