Take the Heat Out of Heartburn

7 ways to counter burning, burping and more (8 Photos)

iVillage Staff on Aug 23, 2010 at 9:48AM

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Take the Heat Out of Heartburn

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Eat Less -- More Often

The esophagus has a natural curve that makes it tough for gastric juices to flow back into it and cause irritation. An overstuffed belly can press against the esophagus and literally straighten it out, allowing those burp- and burn-inducing acids to more easily make their way upward.

The fix: Instead of eating three large meals over the course of a day, stick to six smaller ones, and go for fare that will keep you feeling satisfied in between. Including a healthy protein, like peanut butter, should do the trick.

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