Most people experience it at one time or another – an uncomfortable warm, burning sensation in the chest known as heartburn or acid indigestion. Heartburn has nothing to do with the heart but is caused by stomach acid. It occurs when gastric acids back up into the lower esophagus. Common symptoms include burning in the chest area (usually below or behind the sternum), pain that intensifies when lying down, and sometimes coughing or wheezing.
Over 50 million Americans suffer from frequent heartburn (occurring 2 to 3 times a week). Heartburn can strike at any time and can interfere with sleep, daily activities such as work and exercise, and decrease your overall quality of life. It’s up to you to make these simple changes and say goodbye to heartburn. Learn how to beat the burn with these steps.
Exercise = Less Burn
\r\nTo help ease heartburn, fit some movement into your day, every day, whether that means hitting the gym, taking a 20-minute bike ride or simply strolling around the block. It’s a good idea to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before exercising. Some exercises such as crunches or a core workout on a full stomach can lead to heartburn. Also, avoid engaging in activities that require a lot of bending (such as gardening) directly after eating.