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How to Prevent Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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Heartburn is a common condition that everyone experiences at some point. For millions of people, however, this uncomfortable condition can occur on a regular basis and even daily. It’s important to understand why heartburn occurs but also its health risks and how it can be prevented.

 

Many Culprits

Heartburn or acid reflux is the result of the overflow of stomach acid, and it has many common causes. Sometimes the food you eat, or certain drinks can cause the condition. Other times, it can be a weakness of the muscle with the job of blocking acid flow. Heartburn can also be your body’s reaction to a habit like smoking.

 

Health Risks of Untreated Heartburn

Experiencing the uncomfortable and sometimes painful symptoms of heartburn several times weekly may mean that you have GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Left untreated, this condition can lead to several health risks, including damaging the esophageal lining.

 

Diet and Lifestyle

Making changes to your diet and lifestyle are the two best ways to prevent heartburn and acid reflux. Quitting smoking and avoiding certain foods are just two of many ways to feel better. For more solutions, check out this infographic from Crystal Run Healthcare.

Preventing Heartburn and Acid Reflux Infographic

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