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ELEVATE THE HEAD OF YOUR BED. Elevate the head of your bed 2-6 inches with wood blocks or bricks. Using extra pillows is NOT a good substitute as that increases intra-abdominal pressure and acid reflux.

DO NOT LIE DOWN FOR 3 HOURS AFTER EATING. Allow gravity to work. Also, avoid bending over at the waist to pick up things; instead bend at the knees.

AVOID FOODS THAT CAUSE SYMPTOMS. Foods that may aggravate symptoms include: spicy and fatty foods, tomato and citrus juices (such as grapefruit and orange juices), chocolate, mints, coffee, tea, colas, and alcoholic beverages.

EAT SMALLER MEALS. Dont overfill your stomach.

LOSE WEIGHT. If you are overweight, excess weight increase the amount of pressure on your stomach. Small amounts of weight loss can make a significant improvement in your symptoms.

STOP SMOKING. If you cannot stop, decreasing the number of cigarettes you smoke may help.

LIMIT COFFEE. Limit coffee to 2-3 cups per day or less. Limiting consumption of other caffeine containing beverages (tea, soft drinks) may also be helpful.

AVOID TIGHT CLOTHING. Tight belts, pants and girdles can increase pressure on the abdomen and increase acid going upwards.

OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATIONS. Antacids or anti-acid (H2-blockers such as Zantac or Pepcid) can be taken according to the directions on the package. If you are taking prescription medications for reflux, consult with your doctor before using these over-the-counter medications
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