Coping With Heartburn & Reflux
Avoid spicy, acidic, tomato-based
or fatty foods like chocolate,
tomatoes, citrus fruits, fruit juices,
Eat meals at least 3-4 hours before
Limit your intake of coffee, tea,
alcohol and colas.
Stop (or at least reduce) smoking.
Watch your weight.
(Being overweight increases pressure in
your abdomen, which can make reflux
Elevate the head of your bed
4 to 6 inches.
Don’t overeat at mealtime.
Eat moderate amounts of food.
Don’t exercise too soon after
See your doctor if you are taking antacids three or more times a week.
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