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Live Best With Judy Barbe: Heartburn

Judy BarbeDo you have heart burn? This a painful condition where acid comes up from the stomach into the esophagus. There are medications that neutralize and block the production of stomach acids, but try some lifestyle changes first.

A food diary may help you pinpoint your problem. For at least two weeks, write down what you eat and when you eat it the note any symptoms you experience. This will help you determine what foods are inflaming your digestive system. Fatty, spicy, and acidic foods are often culprits. Eating smaller meals may help reduce symptoms. Because large amounts of food take more time to digest, smaller quantities move through your system more easily.

Bending over at the waist or lying down immediately after eating can make things worse. Allow time for digestion before bed—eating at least three hours before bed is a good rule of thumb. Or you might want to try sleeping at an angle rather than flat. Extra weight, smoking, and tight-fitting waistbands can also contribute to symptoms. Learn more at

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