Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications.
Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods and avoid foods that seem to trigger your acid reflux, such as carbonated beverages, coffee or tea, citrus fruits and spicy foods.
Lifestyle changes: Quit smoking, as smoking may increase the amount of acid your stomach produces. You should also avoid eating for two to three hours before going to bed, as that can cause nighttime symptoms.
Medications: “While medications do not cure acid reflux, they can provide quick relief from symptoms,” says Wilson P. Pais, MD, MBA, FACP, FRCP, gastroenterologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Look for over-the-counter medicines such as Pepcid® AC® and Prilosec OTC®.”
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