Beat heartburn with these tips
Heartburn doesn’t just affect the middle-aged dads depicted in those over-the-counter heartburn medication commercials. It can affect men and women of all ages for various reasons. Those often affected include pregnant women, smokers, and those with particular diets and eating habits and it can lead to more serious heartburn-related health problems.
While there may not be much a pregnant woman can do about heartburn except wait it out, others sufferers can -- and probably should -- reconsider their eating habits. That means targeting such vices as snacking before bed, overeating at big meal, and cigarettes, caffeinated beverages, booze and even chocolate.
This could be a big challenge, especially for those who enjoy having drinks and making late trips to the concession stand during games at Philips Arena or Turner Field. It could be tough, too, for those who like to step out for a quick smoke or sip on a vodka and Red Bull between songs while out dancing at MJQ. And it could also be difficult for those who enjoy sitting at home and watching movies while enjoying some chocolatey goodness from High Road Craft Ice Cream.
Heartburn-inducing temptations certainly abound in Atlanta, but with some focus and discipline, heartburn sufferers can help themselves be well on their way to relief.
There is a difference between occassional heartburn and living a life with constant pain and discomfort. Check out this Pass the Pepto! 5 Common Causes of Heartburn graphic to see what some common causes of heartburn are, and when it's time to see a doctor.
For those who have faced their heartburn-inducing vices head-on but are still experiencing heartburn a couple of times a week or even more often, it may be time to visit an Atlanta gastroenterologist recommended by your primary care physician. A gastroenterologist can help diagnose and treat any heartburn issues you’re having, and help set you straight on the road to recovery.