When you hear the word ‘heartburn’ the first thought may come in your mind that it may be related to your heart problem, but let me tell you one thing despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with your heart. Some of the symptoms of heartburn are similar to those of a heart attack or heart diseases but it is not a heart problem.
Heartburn is an irritation in the esophagus (a muscular tube connecting the throat with the stomach) that is caused by stomach acid. This can create a burning discomfort in your chest and throat. Heartburn may cause chronic cough, sore throat or chronic hoarseness. It is not uncommon to experience heartburn, especially after eating spicy food or large meal. Almost every person has to experience acidity or heartburn symptoms like pain and frequent stomach upset, sour stomach and sour throat in his or her life. Some changes in your lifestyle can help you to prevent from heartburn. Here we are providing some tips that will help you to prevent from heartburn -:
Eat Healthy -:
If you frequently suffer from acid reflux, then there are some foods that you should cut down fromyour diet. Spicy foods like samosas, burgers, chips and even desserts like chocolate, cake, and sweets are the main culprit of acidity. You should also avoid eating citric fruits like oranges, lemons and grapes if you are recurring acidity, because these fruits contain high level of citric acid which can worsen the symptoms of heartburn.
Change Your Eating Pattern -:
Apart from what you eat, how much you eat is also important. The quantity of food you are eating significantly affects your digestion system. People who take long gaps between two meals tend to overeat. Overeating increases the load on your digestion system which causes acid production.
Avoid Sleeping With a Full Stomach -:
When you eat so much at late night, you feel so tired that’s why you fall asleep within an hour after eating. This is a bad habit. You should change this habit. Always eat 2 to 3 hours before your sleep time because when you sleep your entire body functions slow down and the problem of digestion and acidity creep on.
Increase Water Intake -:
Water is the best remedy for acid reflux. It not only helps to reduce digestion problem but also improves your overall health. Scientist has shown that water is more effective in beating acidity than acid- inhibiting medications. Water helps to eliminate harmful toxins from your body and also maintain pH level of your body.
Avoid Smoking -:
Smoking can worsen the condition in people who are prone to acidity. Cigarette smoke has nicotine which irritates the stomach linings. Smoking also stimulates the production of acid.
Stay Fit and Healthy -:
Being overweight leads to the emergence of many problems and acid reflux is one of them. A fatty and unhealthy person faces the digestion problem more frequent than a slim and healthy person. Being overweight means you are very prone to the evolvement of heartburn and other stomach related issues.
Elevate Your Head Few Inches While You Sleep -:
Raise the head of your bed so that your head and chest higher than your feet. Do not use piles or pillows to achieve the same goal. You will put your body at an angle that can add pressure on your stomach and make your heartburn worse.