Heartburn results from a backup of acid containing stomach contents into your esophagus. Here are tips for prevention:
Promote upward flow of stomach contents.
Antacids such as Maalox, Mylanta, Tums and others help neutralize stomach acids temporarily. Over-the-counter histamine (H-2) blockers such as Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, Zantac 75 and others reduce stomach acid production, which may relieve or prevent symptoms when taken before a meal. Nevertheless, overuse of antacids or H-2 blockers can cause side effects.
Wait two to three hours after eating before lying down. This
Allows enough time for increased stomach acid produced after
a meal to taper off and for the stomach to empty from that meal.
The nicotine from cigarettes can relax your lower esophageal
Sphincter, allowing acid to flow back into your esophagus.
Slimming down if you are overweight helps reduce the pressure your abdomen puts on your stomach when you are lying down.
A tight belt or waistband can put pressure on your stomach and push acid into your esophagus, causing discomfort.
Raise the head of your bed four to six inches. This helps keep stomach acid in your stomach, where it belongs.
A 15 year study conducted by Jean-Denis Rouillon, a professor at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, reveals that bras may be doing more harm than good
This may prove interesting, seeing as most Nigerian women believe in wearing a bra for a more conservative look, from a religious, moral and cultural perspective.
Rouillon examined the breasts of 300 women from age 18-35, observing how the support from bras influenced their bodies and health in the long run.
He found out that women who didn’t use a bra benefited more. Not only did their breasts have more muscle tissue and natural support, but some tissue didn’t grow, which made sagging more rapidly and badly.
According to Capucine Vercellotti, a 28 year old lady, “At first, I was a little reluctant to the idea of running without a bra, but I got started and after five minutes, I had no trouble at all,”
Rouillon advised that women who have worn bras for a very long time adjust gradually, rather than not wearing bras completely and suddenly, which could be more dangerous. That way your breasts could build more strength.
What do you think? Do you agree with this study or not?