|Eat low-fat protein|
High protein, low-fat foods like skinless turkey or chicken breast, skim milk, fish and dry beans reinforce the valve that guards your esphagus. High fat foods, such as chocolate however, weaken the muscle. Other foods which relax the muscle are tomato products and caffeinated drinks.
|Loosen your belt|
A tight belt or waistband can constrict digestion leading to heartburn.
|Raise your bed|
Raising the head of your bed 6 inches encourages gravity to help keep stomach acid in place.
Antacids are popular for heartburn but should be used in mild or temporary cases.
Eat your last meal of the day at least three hours before going to bed and keep it as small as possible. Avoid fried, fatty or spicy dishes.
Drink a glass of water at the first sign of heartburn.
|Take advantage of gravity|
Wedge your mattress or put the head end of your bed on 15cm blocks. Extra pillows won't do the trick
If wearing pyjamas avoid' too tight waistbands.