How to Treat Acid Reflux

By | November 13, 2014

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Acid reflux is a back flow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus, mouth or throat. Most cases of acid reflux can be treated with medication and/or simple diet changes. There are things you can do that will help relieve your acid reflux and help you get through the day with little to no discomfort.

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Eliminate trigger foods

Certain types of foods tend to create excess of stomach acids and discomfort. Some of these foods are friend foods, spicy foods, chocolate, and anything that contains garlic.

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Small meals

The digestive system operates on a more efficient level if you eat much smaller meals frequently. This will prevent from the build up of acid.

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Wait several hours before lying down

Give your body some time to digest the food that you have eaten before lying down. Wait 2-3 hours after you eat before you go to sleep.

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Lose weight and get into shape

Excess weight is the most common contributor to acid reflux. The extra weight puts pressure on the esophagus and causes the acid to rise.

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Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Alcohol and caffeine loosen the sphincter that controls the passage of the esophagus into the stomach making it flow backward. Avoid these beverages especially before bedtime.

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No smoking

Smoking interferes with the digestion process. Even if you are having a hard time quitting, cut back as much as you can.

Wear loose fitting clothes

Waistbands that are tight push up against organs and can block some digestion. Try to wear more elastic waistbands. Be as comfortable as you can without being too casual.

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