Practical tips for preventing heartburn

Try this list of ways to help prevent or relieve heartburn pain. Some will help in the short term, others are longer-term preventative measures, but combined they can help you beat heartburn.

Morning: Beating the burn before it starts

If you look forward to your morning coffee or cup of orange juice, try holding off, as these are both potential heartburn triggers.

Once you’ve learned which foods are causing your heartburn, a simple way to help minimize symptoms is to try taking ZANTAC® before eating any trigger-foods so you can still enjoy them in moderation. If you don’t have any ZANTAC® handy, try to avoid having any of your trigger-foods throughout the day.

Not everyone feels full of energy this early, but if you can, try going to the gym or on a walk in the mornings before work or class. Not only will it energize you and set you up for a great day ahead but exercise can help you lose weight, which in turn can help reduce heartburn. Being overweight or obese increases pressure on your stomach increasing your heartburn potential.

Tight clothes can put extra pressure on your stomach and push acid back into your esophagus. So be mindful of this when choosing your outfit for the day.

Daytime: Keeping heartburn at bay

Poor posture is another thing that puts pressure on the lower esophageal sphincter leading to heartburn. Sitting up straight at your computer at work can help improve symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.

One more reason to consider quitting: smoking tobacco relaxes the esophageal sphincter, making it easier for your stomach’s acid to travel up the esophagus resulting in acid reflux. Not taking your smoke breaks at work or in school will have incredible benefits on your overall health and it will also help with your acid reflux symptoms.

Evening: Staying cool

After a long day, you deserve to kick back and relax. When you’re stressed, your brain makes your pain receptors more sensitive, so you may feel pain from heartburn more.

Try not to eat right before bed. Lying down too soon after eating increases pressure on your stomach and makes it easier for stomach acid to travel back up your esophagus.

If your symptoms are keeping you up at night or they get the best of you in the day, you can try mixing ½-1 tablespoon of baking soda with water and drinking it helps to neutralize stomach acid since baking soda is a basic solution.

What’s next?

If these natural solutions don’t work, you can take ZANTAC 150® Cool Mint Maximum Strength during the day for up to 12 hours for acid production control.

If these remedies or taking ZANTAC 150® Cool Mint Maximum Strength don’t help to relieve your heartburn symptoms, you should speak with your pharmacist or doctor. They can help you to find a solution so you get back to what matters most to you.