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Tips to Control Acid Reflux

Diagram of bed with head of bed rasied four to six inches.

To control acid reflux, you’ll need to make some basic diet and lifestyle changes. The simple steps outlined below may be all you’ll need to ease discomfort.

Watch what you eat

  • Don't have fatty foods or spicy foods.

  • Eat fewer acidic foods, such as citrus and tomato-based foods. These can increase symptoms.

  • Limit drinking alcohol, caffeine, and fizzy beverages. All increase acid reflux.

  • Try limiting chocolate, peppermint, and spearmint. These can make acid reflux worse in some people.

Watch when you eat

  • Don't lie down for 3 hours after eating.

  • Don't snack before going to bed.

Raise your head

Raising your head and upper body by 4 to 6 inches helps limit reflux when you’re lying down. Put blocks under the head of your bed frame or a wedge under your mattress to raise it.

Other changes

  • Lose weight, if you need to

  • Don’t exercise near bedtime

  • Don't wear tight-fitting clothes

  • Limit aspirin and ibuprofen

  • Stop smoking

Online Medical Reviewer: Jen Lehrer MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Kenny Turley PA-C
Online Medical Reviewer: L Renee Watson MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2016
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