Heartburn: What It Is and What to Do About It

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indigestion. But if you have any doubt, it’s wise to ask your doctor for an evaluation.

“If you have chocolate, carbonated beverages, peppermint, coffee, citrus foods, fried and fatty foods, and spicy foods.

Having heartburn more than occasionally can reduce your quality of life. It can affect not just what you eat, but how you sleep and what activities you do.

And if heartburn from acid reflux persists and you don’t get treatment, complications can occur. They include damaging hiatal hernia. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach and the LES move above the diaphragm.

  • Your doctor will check your exercise-induced heartburn, “try to exercise on a relatively empty stomach,” Katz says. Take medication for heartburn before your workout.

    If none of those steps help enough, surgery can help. Surgery can be done to strengthen the LES muscle or to repair the hiatal hernia.