Acid reflux is a condition where some of the acid content of your stomach flows back up into your esophagus. You’d get a burning sensation, called heartburn, when you have an acid reflux. Contrary to its name, heartburn doesn’t have anything to do with the heart.
Having repeated episodes of acid reflux can be very uncomfortable and frustrating. You can get rid of acid reflux by trying these simple tips.
· Resist the urge to overeat or eat very quickly
Try to eat small portions of food. Eating quickly can trigger heartburn so make sure to take time in chewing your food.
· Try to lose weight
Excess weight can put a pressure to your stomach, increasing your risk of acid reflux and heartburn. Eat a well-balanced diet and do physical activities as much as you can.
· Stay up after eating
Try to keep standing after eating, as gravity can help keep the acid in your stomach. And try to eat at least three hours before going to bed.
· Inclined sleeping
Your head should be 6 to 8 inches higher than your feet when you sleep. You can achieve this by using wedges to support your upper body. Elevating your upper body while sleeping can help prevent acid reflux.
· Avoid vigorous movement
Don’t move too fast after eating, at least for a couple of hours. A stroll would be fine, but no exercise that includes bending over as this can send acid to your esophagus.
· Chew sugar-free gums
Chewing gums can increase saliva production, which can help in keeping the acid down.
· Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes
Wearing tight fitting clothes can increase the risk of heartburn as it can squeeze your stomach. Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes instead.
· Avoid trigger foods
Keeping a food journal can help you determine foods that can trigger your acid reflux and heartburn. Once you identify the foods that can trigger your acid reflux, avoid eating them as much as possible.
· Avoid carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks and beverages can help you burp, which then brings the acid to your esophagus. Instead of drinking carbonated beverages, try drinking water instead.
· Quit smoking
When you quit smoking, you reduce the frequency and severity of your acid reflux. Smoking can reduce your saliva production that keeps the acid from your stomach in entering your esophagus.
· Reduce stress
Stress can affect the way your body works. Take steps in reducing your stress to prevent the effects of acid reflux.
If you notice your acid reflux and heartburn persisting, even after taking these simple steps to avoid them, consult your doctor immediately. You may have other serious medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.
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