Home Remedies for Acid Reflux Disease

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ID-100111480Acid reflux disease or GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) is a common medical condition affecting up to 20% of population in Western world. Lifestyle changes can play an important role for optimal management of GERD. Eating habit can play an important role in management and you should be aware of foods to avoid in GERD and foods to consume in GERD liberally if you suffer from acid reflux.

Following measures can help in reducing frequency of heartburn and other troublesome symptoms of acid reflux disease:

  • Avoid beverages such as alcohol, carbonated drinks, caffeine (tea, coffee and other drinks containing caffeine), which may trigger heartburn and other symptoms of GERD
  • Avoid foods that may increase symptoms of GERD such as citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit etc.), onion, garlic, mint, spicy and fatty foods etc.
  • Do not lie down after meal for at least two to three hours. Sleep in left side, which reduce acid reflux at night, as shown in several meta analysis studies.
  • Eat smaller and frequent meals instead of eating two large meals in a day. Avoid overeating.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking can reduce tome of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and increase acid reflux. Smoking also harms health in many other ways, including delayed healing of ulcer.
  • Elevate head end of your bed. Several studies have shown that this is a good way to prevent acid reflux. Elevate head end of your bed six to nine inches using wooden blocks or cement blocks. You can use your mattress to elevate your head end of your bed. Do not use an extra pillow to raise your head, which is not helpful in reducing acid reflux, because it raises only the head and not the esophagus. Raising head end of the bed prevent passive backflow of acid from stomach to esophagus during sleep.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight with exercise and proper diet. Every additional pond of your body weight pt pressure on abdomen and stomach and in turn put pressure in stomach acid to backflow esophagus. If your weight is healthy, than maintain it. If you are overweight or obese, reduce your weight with help of your doctor, dietician and prevent GERD.
  • Avoid tight fitting cloths. Tight fitting cloths can pt pressure to the stomach and result in acid reflux.

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