What You Should Know About Preventing Heartburn

If you suffer from heartburn, especially if it is chronic (two or more times a week), you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether it is just heartburn, or a more serious condition, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease. Once there is a diagnosis, your doctor will help you develop a treatment plan. However, preventing heartburn is always the preferred option.

The information at the links below will give you tips on preventing heartburn, from dietary and lifestyle changes to preventing heartburn that occurs at certain times, such as during pregnancy.

Preventing Heartburn During Pregnancy
For many women, heartburn will happen to them during their pregnancy. That burning sensation in the chest and throat, and sour, acidic taste in the mouth, may become an all too familiar sensation for them. Even for women who have never experienced heartburn before, heartburn may occur for the first time while they are pregnant. Though you may not be able to eliminate heartburn completely, you can take some steps to minimize your discomfort.

Preventing Nighttime Heartburn During Preganacy
Many people who suffer from heartburn will also experience those symptoms at night. And when it comes to pregnancy and heartburn, even women who have never experienced it before, will have heartburn for the first time while they are pregnant. It is also likely, with nearly 80% of people who suffer from heartburn also having it at night, women who are pregnant will also have nighttime heartburn at some point during their pregnancy.

 You can try the following tips to help common heartburn that you may experience at night.

Do You Always Need Medication to Control Heartburn?
You have probably seen at least one television ad that depicts heartburn control being achieved only by this or that company's product. You may also have a friend who expounds the wonders of the medication she or he is taking.

But is it really true that only by taking medications, such as antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors, can you find relief from heartburn? It is true that for some people, taking medication is the only way they can get their heartburn symptoms under control. Other people opt for surgery, such as fundoplication surgery. However, there are many people who can control their heartburn successfully by making changes in their daily routines and habits, and by changing what they eat.

Heartburn-Free Picnics
Summer is the time for picnics and cookouts. It can also be a time for heartburn. However, by taking a few precautions before and during your picnics, you can enjoy your summer fun heartburn-free.

Tips for Calming Nighttime Heartburn
Nearly eight in 10 heartburn sufferers experience symptoms at night. But staying up all night to fend off heartburn isn't very practical. Here are several tips to help you feel better and get a good night's rest -- free of heartburn. These include both what and when you eat, and some lifestyle modifications to make.

Holiday Tips for Children with GERD
Despite the delights holiday feasts can bring, for many children with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), this may not be a happy dining experience for them. Avoiding foods that can trigger heartburn symptoms is important for the management of pediatric GERD, but it can be difficult because of the many rich traditional holiday foods served. Parents can still make holiday dining enjoyable for their children with the following tips.

Preventing Summertime Heartburn
Summer is the time for picnics and quick and easy meals. It can also be a time of increased heartburn. Knowing what foods can trigger your heartburn, what you can eat, and how you can prevent heartburn can help you reduce those heartburn episodes.

10 Lifestyle Changes That Can Prevent Heartburn / Acid Reflux
Heartburn symptoms can often be relieved if sufferers make a few lifestyle changes. Follow these ten suggestions to significantly reduce the occurrence of acid reflux symptoms.

10 Lifestyle Changes For Preventing Infant Gastric Reflux / Chronic Spitting Up
Many babies have spitting up problems that don't require treatment. Referred to as "happy spitters," their symptoms usually disappear after six to eight months. For some infants, however, their symptoms are a sign of something more serious, and they need medical attention.

Managing Stress to Ease the Heartburn
One popular notion is that stress causes heartburn. The truth is that while stress hasn't been linked directly to heartburn, it is known that it can lead to behaviors that can trigger heartburn.

How Can I Exercise Without Heartburn?
While some exercises may induce episodes of heartburn, there is a way to exercise that will allow you to burn the calories without creating the burn of heartburn.

Alcohol causes me heartburn. Why?
You come home from a stressful day at work, and have a glass of wine to help you unwind. Unfortunately, a few minutes later you are suffering from a bout of heartburn. Why?

Managing Stress to Ease the Heartburn
One popular notion is that stress causes heartburn. The truth is that while stress hasn't been linked directly to heartburn, it is known that it can lead to behaviors that can trigger heartburn.

Heartburn and What You Eat
Certain foods can aggravate your heartburn symptoms, and it's best to limit or avoid completely those foods and drinks that result in acid reflux. This chart may help you make your selections.

Can changes in diet prevent nighttime heartburn?
Nighttime heartburn, whether it's just occasionally or several times a week, is a problem for nearly 80 percent of heartburn sufferers. Staying up all night, suffering from a bout of heartburn, isn't practical. For many individuals, the cause of their nighttime heartburn can be traced back to what they ate, and how they ate, during the day.

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