Losing just a few pounds can help you find relief from your heartburn. Studies have shown that people who are obese are more likely to suffer from heartburn than those who maintain a healthy weight.
“We do not know why this is, but some researchers think that extra fat around the belly area causes increased pressure, which results in the backward flow of stomach acid into your esophagus,” says Michael R. Freeman, MD, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center.
Even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), gaining a little bit of weight can still increase your risk for heartburn. “As is the case with so many other health issues, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly can be key to preventing disease,” says Freeman. “Stick to fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, and limit your sugar intake.”
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