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Anti-Reflux Regimen

The following lifestyle modifications will help in relieving the discomfort of reflux:

1) Watch what you eat and drink. Avoid things that can increase stomach acid.

  • Avoid acidic or high-fat foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, or fast-food hamburgers
  • Avoid coffee, tea, alcoholic, or carbonated beverages (with or without caffeine)
  • Avoid chocolate
  • Avoid mints

 2) Watch when you eat or drink.

  • Divide your daily food intake into smaller quantities, more often (several smaller meals vs one or two huge meals)
  • Don’t eat late at night and don’t lie down for at least an hour after eating

 3) Watch your weight and your smoking habits.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • If you smoke, quit (smoking increases stomach acid)

 4) Other helpful hints.

  • Avoid bending over unless you have to
  • Don’t wear tight belts or tight-fitting clothes
  • Raise the head of your bed 6-10 inches by placing blocks or books under the legs. Lying flat lets acid reflux back up into the esophagus.
  • Take any medication your physician has prescribed for your condition.
  • Check with your physician before taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, they can make reflux symptoms worse.