Your Diet, Your Heartburn

What you eat may be at the heart of your heartburn.

Temecula personal trainingWatch enough television and you're sure to see a slightly funny commercial about heartburn. While it may appear humorous on commercials, anyone who has suffered heartburn realizes it is no laughing matter.

If heartburn is such a pain in the chest, why do you keep getting it? Because you either don't realize what causes it or you won't take the difficult steps necessary to avoid those heartburn triggers. You'll be better able to make heartburn-free food and drink choices after reading these helpful tips.

Know the Basics
Heartburn occurs when stomach acid makes its way into the esophagus (tube responsible for carrying food to the stomach). This happens when the ring that connects the stomach and esophagus stops working properly and acid seeps through. The end result is the uncomfortable sensation that affects millions of Americans each year.

More than likely, you probably know a good deal of good information about the condition. Yes, heartburn is caused by what you eat and drink, and the most common culprits are spicy foods. On top of your weekly jalapeƱo indulgence, there are plenty of other foods that are out to get you. Examples include orange juice, fried or fatty foods, coffee or tea, spaghetti with marinara sauce, soda, and even ice cream.

Shrink the Possibilities
In addition to avoiding common heartburn-inducing foods and drinks, you should pay close attention to what foods you eat that result in heartburn. Anything you eat can put you at risk, so noting what causes you to suffer heartburn that may not cause someone else heartburn will help you figure out how to appropriately modify your diet. On top of watching what you eat, you should watch how much you eat. Smaller meals are less likely to cause heartburn than large ones, so get a solid handle on portion control to nip heartburn in the bud.

It has also been proven that smoking increases your risk for heartburn. So if you find yourself suffering heartburn after lighting up for a post-meal smoke, stopping smoking may be just what the doctor ordered. Of course, stopping smoking has countless other benefits, but avoiding heartburn is a pretty good one - especially if you suffer intense heartburn regularly.

Eat away Your Heartburn
If you're tired of battling with the burning and discomfort of heartburn, there's good news! You can sidestep heartburn by avoiding those foods that cause heartburn flare-ups and eating other foods that are easier on your stomach.

Some of the best foods for your stomach that will help you avoid heartburn include the following:
  • turkey (plain or on a sandwich)
  • zucchini
  • oatmeal (you can even cap it off with raisins or blueberries)
  • apples
  • grapes
  • other foods rich with fiber

Of course, even the gentlest of foods can cause some people heartburn and misery. If you find some of these foods cause you to hold your chest because heartburn kicks in, avoid them and look for other foods that will give you the heartburn-free eating experience you desire.

Special Ingredients Vs. Heartburn
Want to pop a pill for heartburn relief? There are plenty out there to choose from. Here are a two of the most common and effective ingredients that are used to give you relief from the burning pain of heartburn.

Calcium - One of the most commonly touted heartburn-busting minerals, calcium is found in most commercial heartburn-relieving pills.

Magnesium - Working alongside calcium, magnesium helps neutralize the body's acids, thereby preventing heartburn.

Did You Know?
Despite its name, heartburn doesn't affect your heart. It simply feels like it is rooted in your heart.

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