Learn about the foods and lifestyle factors that cause heartburn.
Just because you’re prone to heartburn doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your favourite foods. In fact, there is a lot you can do throughout the day to relieve or help prevent heartburn symptoms.
Try this list of ways to help prevent or get rid of heartburn pain. Some will help in the short term, others are longer-term preventative measures, but combined they can help you beat heartburn.
Avoiding Trigger Foods - If you look forward to your morning coffee or cup of orange juice, try holding off, as these are both potential heartburn triggers33. If you’re pushed for time, keep in mind that eating too quickly can trigger indigestion and heartburn, so take time eating breakfast if you can.
Once you’ve learned which foods are causing your heartburn, a simple way to help minimize symptoms is to try taking ZANTAC® before eating any trigger-foods so you can still enjoy them in moderation. If you don’t have any ZANTAC® handy, try to avoid having any of your trigger-foods throughout the day.
Working Out - Not everyone feels full of energy this early, but if you can try going to the gym or on a walk in the mornings before work or class. Not only will it energize you and set you up for a great day ahead but exercise can help you lose weight, which in turn can help reduce heartburn. Being overweight or obese increases pressure on your stomach increasing your heartburn potential34.
Wear Looser Fitting Clothes – Tight clothes can put extra pressure on your stomach and push acid back into your esophagus35. So be mindful of this when choosing your outfit for the day.
Sit Upright – Poor Posture is another thing that puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter leading to heartburn36. Sitting up straight at your computer at work can help improve symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.
Quit Smoking - One more reason to consider quitting: smoking tobacco relaxes the esophageal sphincter, making it easier for your stomach’s acid to travel up the esophagus resulting in acid reflux37. Not taking your smoke breaks at work or in school will have incredible benefits on your overall health and it will also help with your acid reflux symptoms.
Chew Gum - If you’re one of those people who chew gum between or after meals, try chewing non-mint or non-citrus gum after meals38. Chewing gum helps to increase saliva production, clearing away excess stomach acid39.
De-Stress for Success - After a long day you deserve to kick back and relax. When you’re stressed, your brain makes your pain receptors more sensitive, so you may feel pain from heartburn more40. Stress can also deplete your body of prostaglandins, which normally protect your stomach against acid41.
Sleep it off - Try to go to bed earlier and make sure you get a good night’s sleep each night. When you’re well-rested, your body is working at its best, including your stomach and the muscles that keep acid from travelling up your esophagus42.
Early Dinner - Try not to eat right before bed. Lying down too soon after eating increases pressure on your stomach and makes it easier for stomach acid to travel back up your esophagus43.
If your symptoms are keeping you up at night or they get the best of you in the day, you can try mixing ½-1 tablespoon of baking soda with water and drinking it helps to neutralize stomach acid since baking soda is a basic solution44.
If these natural solutions don’t work, you can take ZANTAC® 150 Cool Mint Maximum Strength during the day for up to 12 hour acid production control.
If these remedies or taking ZANTAC 150® Cool Mint Maximum Strength don’t help to relieve your heartburn symptoms, you should speak with your pharmacist or doctor. They can help you to find a solution so you get back to what matters most to you.