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Manage Heartburn With Your Diet

Big meals could mean big trouble.

Smart changes to your diet can help relieve heartburn.1 Find out how these small dietary adjustments could alleviate your pain.

Eat smaller meals

Instead of three standard meals, try eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. Eating smaller meals can take some of the load off your digestive system. With smaller amounts of food to digest, less stomach acid is needed — lowering your chances of experiencing heartburn.1

Avoid certain foods

Spicy foods are the most commonly reported food that triggers heartburn.2, 3

Don't go to bed on a full stomach

It's important to let your food digest two to three hours before going to bed or lying down.1, 4

Eat healthier

Eating healthier is always a good idea. Try to avoid fast food or other high-fat foods. Higher-fat meals tend to stay in the stomach longer, which increases your potential for heartburn.4


  1. “Heartburn: Changing Your Eating Habits - Topic Overview.” WebMD, WebMD,
  2. DerSarkissian, Carol. “What Lifestyle Changes Help Manage Heartburn?” WebMD, 14 June 2017,
  3. Mann, Denise. “Top 10 Heartburn Foods.” Edited by Louise Chang, WebMD, WebMD, 29 Dec. 2010,
  4. Magee, Elaine. “11 Meal Planning Tips to Prevent Heartburn.” WebMD, WebMD,
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