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How to Avoid Heartburn

By Sara Butler

Digestive distress is no fun at all. The good news is, if you’re prone to an upset stomach or some other digestive woe, then there are things you can easily do to help avoid it. If you occasionally have heartburn after a heavy or spicy meal, that’s nothing to be too concerned about. But if it happens frequently, you may want to investigate ways to keep it from happening. Here’s what you should know about digestive distress and what you can do about it.

What Digestive Distress?

There are many types of stomach-related ailments and digestive problems that people struggle with. These include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Burning sensation in the stomach
  • Feeling full or bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Gurgling or growling stomach
  • Acidic taste in the mouth

These symptoms may not necessarily mean that something more serious is going on, but it’s certainly worth bringing up with your healthcare provider.

Common Stomach Issues

The most common stomach issues are:

  • Heartburn – This results in a burning sensation in your stomach, throat, or chest and is experienced by about 20 percent of Americans once a week. It occurs due to stomach acid that comes up from your stomach into your throat. If it happens frequently, it can cause ulcers, narrowing of the esophagus, or esophagitis.
  • Indigestion – This is a recurrent or persistent pain in the upper abdomen. It can impact anyone but can also be a sign of underlying health issues such as gallbladder disease, ulcers, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • GERD – This is chronic reflux of stomach acid up into the esophagus. It impacts about 5 percent of the population. If you have heartburn more than twice a week, you may have GERD.

Lifestyle Habits

If stomach upset has become a common occurrence in your life, then you may want to consider making a few changes. These changes can help to minimize or eliminate digestive distress in your life:

  • Avoiding foods – Some foods can trigger stomach upset such as butter, alcohol, caffeine, milk, citrus fruits, chocolate, carbonated drinks, fried foods, high-fat foods, and oils -- just to name a few!
  • Plan your meals – Plan what you’re eating and when to help you avoid stomach upset. Eat smaller but more frequent meals that are high in protein, drink plenty of water between meals, and try to avoid stress at mealtimes.
  • Sit up straight – After eating, don’t lay down. Stay upright for at least 30 minutes to help avoid stomach upset.

Heartburn does not feel good -- so learn how you can minimize your chances of experiencing it! If it becomes a problem for you, discuss it with your chiropractor at The Joint!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mansfield, Tex.


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