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Preventing Indigestion and Heartburn

By Ravi Singh, MD
November 29, 2021


Heartburn is a common ailment that affects most adults from time to time. When heartburn or indigestion becomes severe, though, it can affect your eating habits as well as your sleep pattern. Dr. Ravi Singh and his team at Brookhaven Gastroenterology Associates can help you with heartburn issues in East Patchogue, NY. Keep reading to learn more about heartburn prevention. 

What Causes Heartburn?

Heartburn or indigestion is often caused by an overproduction of stomach acid. When there is an overproduction of stomach acid, it can come up the esophagus. This will cause a stinging or burning sensation in the throat and chest. In very severe cases of heartburn in Suffolk County, this stomach acid can even come up into the mouth causing regurgitation. If this happens at night while you are sleeping, you may experience disruptions in your sleep pattern. 

How Can I Prevent Heartburn in Suffolk County?

There are a few things you can do to help this condition. One of the best ways to eliminate or decrease indigestion is to watch what you eat. Certain foods will cause more stomach acid production. Foods such as citrus and tomatoes are very acidic and so raise the amount of stomach acid present. You can avoid these foods or eat them in moderation. 

You can also pay attention to when you eat. Eating late in the evening near bedtime can make indigestion worse. Try to eat earlier in the evening and wait at least an hour or two before lying down. If you are experiencing severe heartburn or indigestion, you may want to try sleeping propped up some. 

Can Medication Help?

If your heartburn persists and you're in the Suffolk County area, you will want to make an appointment to see Dr. Singh. There are medications that can help with this condition. If you would like to learn more about our services, or you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at Brookhaven Gastroenterology and Associates. Dr. Singh would be happy to answer your questions. Call today at 631-289-0300

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