How you can reduce heartburn/acid reflux without drugs

"Many of us get home late, we eat a big meal, we eat the things we're not supposed to like spicy foods or fatty foods, drink a glass of wine, a coffee, chocolate, lay down on the couch and go to bed an hour later...These are all the things you want to try and avoid."

~Dr. Tara Narula, cardiologist correspondent for CBS News

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Quick tips to avoid acid reflux:

  • avoid eating dinner after 8 pm and/or eat dinner at least 2-3 hours before bed.
  • limit late-night coffee, chocolate, spicy foods, alcohol and smoking.
  • elevate your head at night instead of laying flat.
  • Remove restrictive clothing such as belts that increase abdominal pressure.

Acid reflux can increase risk of esophageal cancer, swallowing problems, asthma, laryngitis, post-nasal drip, and chronic cough.  A few simple changes in lifestyle, namely eating earlier and elevating your head during sleep, can make a big difference. 

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