5 Tips on How to Stop Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux, also known as heartburn is an affection that has nothing to do with the heart, but with your digestive system. The pain, burnings and discomfort people suffering of acid reflux feel is given by the rising up into the esophagus of partially digested food and gastric acid.

Besides burnings felt in the lower chest, other symptoms of acid reflux are: swallowing with difficulty, sore throat that seems to persist no matter what you do, chronic hoarseness or dry cough, bitter taste in the morning and after eating and even bad breath.

Acid reflux has to be treated. If left to become chronic, it can lead to esophagus cancer which is a more serious condition.

There are a few things you can do in order to prevent acid reflux. It is important to make a few changes in your lifestyle. This means that you can adopt a different way of living in order to avoid situations that lead to an increase of the symptoms of the acid reflux.

1. Take care of your body position.

The thing that easily keeps acid reflux far away from your esophagus is gravity. After eating it is important to keep your posture upright and avoid lying down for one or two hours. During this time your stomach will digest your food and pass it down to the intestines. Once the stomach is empty you can lie down as there is nothing left inside it to run towards the esophagus. If you have acid reflux during the night then it is best to lift the head of your bed with 4-5 inches.

2. Avoid exercising after eating.

If you know you have acid reflux problems then it is best not to practice any sport right after eating. Abdominal muscle contractions can make the food you just ate to come back on the esophagus. This would not be a problem, but gastric acid that got to be secreted during eating will get to the esophagus too, eroding it step by step.

3. Eat the right food for you.

This means that you must avoid aliments that are known to produce heartburn (peppermint, whole milk, saturated oils and fats, creamed soups and foods, tomato and juices like oranges and grapefruit) and replaced with aliments that will not cause acid reflux (fish, chicken, turkey meat, vegetables, cereals, bread, low-fat milk and aliments that have low fat content).

4. Beware of alcohol, cigarettes and coffee

As much as we all might like to have a small addiction to something, try to focus on something else besides these three known to produce acid reflux ‘drugs’. You will observe after a while that not only your acid reflux is not bothering you so much, but your whole health status has improved.

5. Follow an antacid treatment.

If you think you might have acid reflux, go to the doctor and see what he has to say about this. He will most likely recommend you some antacids and proton pump inhibitors. Here are a few examples of brands of antacids include Maalox, Mylanta and Riopan. The proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec, Aciphex and Prevacid are good for decreasing the acid production in the stomach.

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16 Comments to “5 Tips on How to Stop Acid Reflux”

In a discussion with my ear, nose, throat doctor during a checkup. he mentioned that acid reflux could have been a cause in my tongue cancer. My jaw dropped! I never thought I had acid reflux as I might have, maybe 1 or 2 indigestion and heartburn issues per year. the doctor did prescribe Previcid, so it must be an issue.

Thanks for the great tips in this article!


In the tips it mentions to not lay down within a few hours. I would add something to that. When you lay down either right after a meal or within a few hours, try to lie on your left side. The reason is because the esophagus is actually on the right side of the body and also connects to the stomach on the right side. If you lie on your left side the acid has a further distance to travel to get up into your esophagus consequently there is less chance of reflux. Also no one has mentioned H pylori which is often the cause of reflux. I actually know another good site that really helped me with my reflux. ,,, Anyway I hope that helps.



I am having same problem with my stomach everytime I eat. Maybe I need to cut down my coffee intake and choose carefully the food I eat. Thank you for informing me about this.


I’m ten. I hate having to stay on medication. I don’t wanna quit my favorite foods. I’ll probably need a trachea again because of this acid reflux. Is there anyway to just stop it,for good? I don’t wanna be like this forever. Thanks.


Eat water-malon or bunch of grapes after each meal it will stop eroding the throat from acid refluxes. Follow this for 2-3 weeks daily it helps you very much, you will find the betterment for sure. (If acid refluxes are heavy keep on eating water-malon a lot)


My father died from esophagus cancer 3 years ago, he suffered from acid rflux all his life – it started when he was about 15 & died at 45. Now I have exactly the same condition (acid reflux – Im 25) – I have acid reflux & sometimes its so bad I lose sleep.
I found that a glass of semi-skimmed milk helps my stomach settle for the night & I can sleep alot better.
I just hope that the condition isn’t hereditary, last thing I would want is to pass it on to children I may have in the future.


I just usually throw up when it gets to bad at night, I cant help it, I have horrible nerves and when it gets bad at night, I just run to the bathroom.IS this really bad??


hi its only been for the last week that it has been happening with me but it has never stoped for 1 second for the whole week i have had about 10 hours sleep in the last five days and even tho i woke every 5 mins i have never ever had this before but i cant understand i have never changed my diet for years no change at all so i cant understand why this is happening? p.s. sorry for the spelling


Wow..great info. Even good tips from the comments. But for me I just need to stop smoking strong weed , gorging everything in site i eat for days and pass out almost right after. Then everymorning I puke it up. Its a hard habit to break but im trying very slowly…Im going to practice these great tips though. thanks ben,32.


i have acid reflux. certain food trigger it worse than others. learn your trigger foods and avoid them. whats brings the best instant relief is alka seltzer. I keep it with me everywhere i go. its a life saver to stop a bad flare up.


I suffered with this for years,my solution to this was a little bragg’s apple cider vinegar in a glass about one to two inches,and fill the rest with water.I also added tablespoon of honey or molasses with half teaspoon baking soda.Try this one or two glasses a day you will start to see good result’s in one to two week’s. It is important to cut back on or stop the food ,and drink’s that cause the symptoms good luck ,and be well.


Adding to the previous post you can also put aloe vera juice or gel in your glass.If you have stomach issues also try goat’s milk it help’s with acid ,and ulcer’s.


I found keeping a journal for a few weeks and writing down my dietary intake was a great help in identifying the foods and drinks that exacerbated my symptoms. I was able to virtual eliminate further attacks by changing my diet thanks to the foods identified in the journal.


I need help i can’t sleep I keep throwing up i need a fast fix tonight what do I do?


My papa is also suffering from acidity…plz tell me what to do yr….he is suffering from 15 years..we have consulted to almost doctors in our hometown…kota…bt he is still having problem…


I went to the doctor for terrible stomach pains. Turned out I had gastritis. The pain wasn’t from my stomach though, it was from IBS. The acid from my sensative stomach was burning my colon raw. I stayed on nexium for 4 months and it didn’t help the pain of the IBS.. Turns out Nexium causes Magnesium deficientcy. So I stopped taking the proton pump, nexium, and started taking FOOD ENZYMES with my meals. FOOD ENZYMES helped me to gain back some of the weight I had lost by digesting my food for me. However this could lead to a lazy pancreas so you must be careful. I know this is a lot of information but it took me a lot of trial and error to figure out my problem. Gastritis lead to IBS. Magnesium helped with the IBS and Nature’s Sunshine Enzymes helped me with my gastritis. The enzyme also helps with stomach olcers. Hope this helps.