Heartburn is a common problem and everyone experiences it from time to time. It’s caused by the backwash of stomach acid into the esophagus, also known as acid reflux. Some people get heartburn after meals. Others can be awakened while sleeping. Others experience heartburn after eating specific foods or drinking certain beverages.
If heartburn occurs repeatedly, here are a few steps that can help ease the burn:
• Eat slowly
• Identify foods associated with heartburn
• Don’t exercise right after a meal
• Avoid late night meals
• Maintain a healthy weight
If changing eating habits and other preventive steps don’t quench the burn, it may be time to visit a healthcare professional.