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How can I prevent acid reflux?

These tips may help ease your acid reflux:
  • Avoid foods that trigger reflux, such as caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruit, tomato products, carbonated beverages, alcohol, mint and full-fat dairy foods.
  • Don't wear tight belts.
  • Eat small meals.
  • Cut back on salt and fat.
  • Eat more fiber, meaning more fruit, veggies, and 100% whole grains.
  • Chew sugar-free gum after meals.
  • If you're carrying extra pounds, lose at least 10% of your weight.
  • Don't exercise right after eating.
  • Don't eat and then hit the sack within three hours.
  • Sleep with your head raised by putting the head of your bed on bricks.
  • Don’t take benzodiazepines (such as Valium or Xanax) for sleep.

Stop it before it begins. Here are some helpful tips on preventing acid reflux.

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