Q. What are some cures for heart burn?
Heartburn (or GERD) is more common in people who are overweight, so exercising and the proper diet can help with weight loss, thereby decreasing the pressure on the stomach. Avoiding tight-fitting clothes also helps to decrease abdominal pressure.
As for diet, one that is high in refined carbohydrates has been implicated in heartburn symptoms. Therefore, switching to complex carbohydrates may be helpful (ie. brown rice instead of white, whole wheat bread, etc.). Those who consume the most fiber have a lower chance of developing GERD. Other people notice that their heartburn is worse when they consume the following: alcohol, fatty or spicy foods, coffee and caffeine, and chocolate. Consuming smaller meals has also been effective.
And finally, do not lie down after eating. Many people also find that raising the head of their bed 6-8 inches can be helpful. Pillows do not have the same effect though, so make sure that you are actually raising the bed itself.
As heartburn may be indicative of more serious issues, it is always best to get it checked out.