Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Lifestyle changes can help ease heartburn:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excess pounds put pressure on your abdomen, pushing up your stomach and causing acid to back up into your esophagus.
  • Avoid tightfitting clothing, which puts pressure on your abdomen and the lower esophageal sphincter.
  • Avoid foods that trigger your heartburn.
  • Avoid lying down after a meal. Wait at least three hours.
  • Avoid late meals.
  • Elevate the head of your bed if you regularly experience heartburn at night or while trying to sleep. If that's not possible, insert a wedge between your mattress and box spring to elevate your body from the waist up. Raising your head with additional pillows usually isn't effective.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking decreases the lower esophageal sphincter's ability to function properly.
Aug. 07, 2014

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