Heartburn, the one related to indigestion, is almost always a result of acid reflux, meaning regurgitation of acidic digestive secretions into the oesophagus. The classic symptom of heartburn is a flaming sensation in your chest that can cause quite a bit of discomfort, especially if it starts occurring frequently. Here are some ways you can control it.

  1. Eat smaller meals. Instead of sitting down to three or four big meals a day, break them into six lighter ones. Heartburn often occurs when your stomach is full, especially if you’re eating fatty or spicy food.

2. Cut down on Caffeine. Caffeine can cause acidity and lead to heartburn. Keep a check on whether the sensation follows your intake of coffee. If it does, try switching to green tea, or add some milk to your black coffee.

3. Chewing gum may help. If you’re experiencing heartburn after meals on a regular basis, try chewing gum for about 15-20 minutes after you eat. It has been known to soothe the acidity.

4. Keep a check on your medication. Some medicines, like ibuprofen and fish oil tablets, even some multivitamins, trigger off heartburn. You should change to a substitute and see if it works better for you.

5. Change your sleeping position. Acid reflux while sleeping is a common complaint and a thoroughly unpleasant sensation. It could be avoided by simply raising your pillow higher. Also, avoid eating just before you go to bed, the last meal of the day should be at least two to three hours before you sleep.