If you haven’t felt heartburn, it’s a burning feeling in the chest.
Food is not always to blame when it comes to heartburn. Some lifestyle habits are the main culprit on why get this horrible feeling! And the best strategy is to stop doing them. Though heartburn triggers can vary from person to person, certain day-to-day activities are more prone to allowing stomach acid to splash up into your esophagus.
Turn your body into a heartburn-free zone by avoiding these habits.
- Eat slowly.
Instead of eating a lot at one sitting, which can make acid-reflux symptoms worse, eat only until you’re comfortably full – that’s different from stuffing yourself. Be sure to sit down and take your time during a meal; appreciate how delicious you meal is, savor every taste. Relax and enjoy your food!
- Don’t eating on-the-go.
Drive-thru isn’t the best idea out there. Nutritionists suggest that eating on the run (grabbing fast food, eating it quickly, and then going on to work or other activities) increases the risk for heartburn. To decrease the risk, slow down casually eat foods. Sit down and have a real meal.
- Watch portion size.
Don’t eat large meals. Larger meals and higher-fat meals are more likely to stay in the stomach longer before moving into the small intestine. Small meals, but several times a day, is the key – this can also help us lose weight.
- Incorporate moderate exercise.
Not exactly strenuous activities, but light exercises. Vigorous exercises like running can agitate your digestive tract and provoke reflux, but incorporating moderate, low-impact exercises such as walking is actually beneficial (and it keeps you upright, allowing gravity to aid digestion). You can reduce your heartburn risks, plus, lose weight!
- Don’t lie down after eating.
Many people get overly relaxed, causing them to lie down after eating. First, it makes your stomach bigger. Second, it adds up to the risk of the oh, so awful heartburn! Stand up and walk around to help encourage the gastric juices to flow in the right direction.
While doing these simple steps and changing very little habits, you may obtain a heartburn-free life! It’s also best to know which foods trigger your heartburn.