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How do eating patterns contribute to acid reflux?

Dr. Lawrence S. Friedman, MD
Gastroenterologist

With gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—acid reflux—how you eat can be as important as what you eat. Skipping breakfast or lunch and then consuming a huge meal at day's end can increase gastric pressure and the possibility of reflux. Lying down right after eating will only make the problem worse. It is best to wait three hours after eating before going to bed. And stay away from late-night snacks.

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