You know that a burning discomfort in your chest, rising up into your neck and throat. It may even leave behind a sour taste in your mouth. It’s heartburn, something that more than 60 million Americans experience at least once a month. If you’re one of them, there’s good news: Making some simple lifestyle changes can help put out the fire.
1. Watch what you eat
Avoid foods and beverages that can affect the lower esophageal sphincter action, including chocolate, peppermint, tomato sauce, citrus fruits and juices, carbonated drinks, and ketchup. Drink water instead of soda, and look for pasta dishes made with light, broth-type sauces instead of heavy tomato ones.