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3 ways to beat heartburn
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).