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Over-Prescribed Heartburn Meds Cause Long-Term Side Effects: Get Natural Relief

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Eat mindfully. Eating smaller meals and eating slowly will decrease the chances of heartburn.

Stop smoking. Cigarettes can weaken the muscles necessary to keep acid from coming up.

Avoid lying down after a meal. Let gravity help you by staying upright, assisting the acid to flow down the esophagus, not up.

Relax! Tight fitting clothes like belts or ties can trigger heartburn, as can stress. Take a few deep breaths and take it easy!

Although there are many harmful side effects of PPIs, they are sometimes necessary for the treatment of severe acid reflux and heartburn, especially when there is apparent damage to the esophagus, or in extreme cases including bleeding ulcers, ulcer infections, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, in which the stomach produces too much acid.

Although it can be uncomfortable, if you’re experiencing heartburn, try your best to fix it without drugs. In the long run, it can be totally worth it!


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Reviewed Wed October 26, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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