Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is a very common ailment. It causes a burning sensation in the chest and throat. Some people experience extreme episodes, where the symptoms resemble those of a heart attack.

Heartburn occurs when stomach acid washes from the stomach to the esophagus, irritating the tissue of the esophagus. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious problems, such as esophageal cancer.

I have been blessed with the ailment for several years. Here are some things I have done to control it. Maybe they will work for you, too.

1. Elevate the head of your bed. We put 4” blocks under the headboard, to slightly elevate our heads above our chest. This will avoid the unpleasantness of having acid reflux, while lying down.

2. Avoid eating trigger foods or drinking trigger drinks. I know from experience that when I eat a lot of chocolate that I am going to suffer from acid reflux. Drinking sodas, particularly with caffeine is a no can do for me. Orange juice and other acidic drinks will bring on the acid. Spicy foods can contribute to heartburn as well.

3. Control your weight. Losing a few pounds will go a long way to reducing stomach acid backwash, as the stomach won’t be so trapped in the layers.

4. Don’t overeat. Exactly where do you think that excess acid is going to go, once you have stuffed your stomach full? Eat smaller meals, and stop before you feel full.

5. Take a dose of white vinegar. A tablespoon down the hatch! That’s right! My sister-in-law does this regularly, and she no longer has acid reflux/heartburn. I’m working on getting up the nerve to try it. I hate the taste of vinegar!

If after trying these remedies, you still have frequent bouts with heartburn, please see your physician for closer examination and medication.

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