Can avoiding certain foods help prevent acid reflux?

Certain foods can increase acid production, or relax the lower esophageal sphincter. Avoiding foods such as coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, alcohol, fried/fatty foods, spicy foods, citrus fruits, tomatoes, onions, peppermint and chocolate can help prevent acid reflux. If you have significant reflux, you should avoid eating at least 2 hours before going to bed. You can try raising the head of your bed on blocks to help gastric emptying.

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Certain foods, such as acidic foods like tomato-based products and citrus, can trigger reflux symptoms. Chocolate, fatty foods, garlic, onions and peppermint can also trigger reflux symptoms and should be avoided. Avoiding large meals by eating smaller, more frequent meals and avoiding all food for at least three hours prior to bedtime can also help reduce symptoms.

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