Almost everyone has suffered Heartburn at one time or another. In fact the most commonly prescribed drugs in the world are those that treat symptoms associated with heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).


The symptoms include a burning pain in the chest that can radiate up to the neck and throat. It is caused when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus and often occurs after a meal or when a person lies down.


Although anyone can get Heartburn there are some factors that may put you more at risk. These include taking certain medications, being pregnant, obese, over 65, using tobacco, alcohol or caffeine, and eating a diet too high in fat. Other things that can cause Heartburn include eating spicy foods, tomatoes or citrus fruits, eating very large meals, and eating meals too close to bedtime.


If, despite your best efforts, you still suffer from repeated Heartburn see your physician for proper diagnosis and to check if any ; medication that you might be taking is causing the problem.


Some Tips From the Experts to Help Prevent Heartburn

  • Chew your food well and eat slowly
  • Eat a healthy low fat, whole food diet. Include plenty of fresh vegetables, fruit & grains. Eat more raw foods.
  • Avoid fatty, spicy or acidic foods, carbonated beverages, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and chocolate. Stop smoking.
  • Eating enzyme-rich foods like fresh pineapple & papaya before or during meals aids digestion & may prevent Heartburn.
  • Eat several small meals each day rather than 2 - 3 big meals.
  • Drink a glass of water at the first signs of heartburn - it often helps.
  • Reduce stress & take regular exercise
  • If you are overweight get down to an ideal body weight and try to maintain that weight.
  • Don't wear clothes that are too tight around the middle.
  • Do not lie down immediately after a meal and avoid belching, squatting, bending or straining.
  • Raise the head of your bed by 4 - 6 inches .
  • Herbal Remedies That the Experts say May Help
  • Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice - Several studies have shown that licorice acts as an antispasmodic and can reduce stomach acid. Try chewing 1 - 2 tablets 5 - 10 minutes before; meals and before going to bed.
  • Chamomile - It's anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic action soothes irritated tissue in the esophagus. Sip a cup of freshly made Chamomile Tea 3 - 4 times a day between meals.;; (see Herb Section for more information on Chamomile)

Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescribed medications. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease