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.


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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