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3 ways to beat heart­burn

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1 Watch those cold drinks Drink­ing very cold drinks, par­tic­u­larly car­bon­ated ones and al­co­hol, can heighten symp­toms be­cause it causes the oe­sophageal mus­cles to re­lax and spasm, send­ing acid up into your oe­soph­a­gus. 2 Avoid trig­ger foods It’s not just fatty foods that can cause an at­tack. Toma­toes and cit­rus fruits, onions, mint, choco­late, tea and cof­fee can catch you out. Try Nex­ium Con­trol gas­tro-re­sis­tant tablets (£6.99 for 7, from phar­ma­cies). They help pre­vent heart­burn for up to 24 hours. 3 Don’t lie down af­ter meals Grav­ity helps food to pass through your di­ges­tive sys­tem, so wait at least three hours be­fore ly­ing down af­ter a meal. If you suf­fer at night, raise your whole up­per body up a few inches and take Gavis­con Dou­ble Ac­tion, too (£4.99 for 150ml, lloyd­sphar­macy.com).

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