Heartburn Symptoms and Triggers
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Heartburn Symptoms

Heartburn symptoms include a burning sensation in the chest or throat, usually occurring after eating which may get worse when bending over or lying down. People who experience these symptoms two or more days a week suffer from frequent heartburn.

Heartburn Triggers


Eating before bed

Eating before bed

You may experience more frequent heartburn if you routinely eat late at night. Try to eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime so your body has had time to digest before you lie down. Also, elevating the head of your bed may provide additional relief.

Overeating or eating too quickly

Overeating or eating too quickly

Eating large meals or eating too quickly can cause stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. Eating small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals may help alleviate heartburn symptoms. Being overweight can also increase risk of heartburn.

Smoking

Smoking

Smoking can cause the muscle between the esophagus and stomach to relax, which can contribute to stomach acid refluxing back into the esophagus.

Foods

Certain foods

People who experience frequent heartburn report that acidic foods, spicy foods and rich or fatty foods can trigger their symptoms. Less commonly, frequent heartburn sufferers reported that caffeinated beverages, alcohol and dairy products were a factor in their heartburn as well.

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