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Prescription medications for heartburn seem convenient, but their long-term side effects are not. Proton pump inhibitors or PPIs that treat the painful condition could carry a steep price for relief. Studies hint that these medications contribute to nutrient deficiencies, joint pain, bone fractures, infections, cardiovascular diseases, and dementia. Heartburn is a symptom of underlying conditions that may require medical intervention, but lifestyle adjustments can still go a long way toward reducing it, promoting healing, and staving off further damage and illness. Cool your heartburn with these evidence-based home remedies.

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1. Avoid Trigger Foods and Drinks

Acidic foods and beverages are common heartburn triggers. Curbing intake of these items often alleviates symptoms. The American College of Gastroenterology recommends avoiding these foods:

  • spicy and greasy foods
  • coffee and chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
  • peppermint
  • tomato-based products (although some individuals can handle raw tomatoes)
  • citrus juice and fruits
  • alcohol
  • carbonated drinks (including sparkling water)
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