Heartburn prevention


To prevent heartburn, avoid foods and bevarages that may trigger your symptoms. These include alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, tomato sauces, spicy or fatty foods, full-fat dairy products, peppermint, and spearmint.

Also, try the following changes to your eating habits and lifestyle:

  • Don’t smoke.  
  • Sleep with your head raised about 6 inches.  
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.  
  • Reduce stress.  
  • Avoid tight-fitting belts or garments around your waist.  
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  
  • Avoid bending over or exercising just after eating.  
  • DO NOT lie down with a full stomach. For example, avoid eating within 2-3 hours of bedtime.  
  • Eat smaller meals.


Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 5, 2012
by Potos A. Aagen, M.D.

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