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To prevent heartburn, avoid foods and beverages that may trigger your symptoms. For many people, these include alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate, citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, tomato sauces, spicy or fatty foods, full-fat dairy products, peppermint, and spearmint. If other foods regularly give you heartburn, you should avoid those foods, too.
Also, try the following changes to your eating habits and lifestyle:
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