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  • Writer's pictureGaurav Arora, MD

Stop the Burn! (All About Acid Reflux)

Acid reflux is a common problem that many people experience. It happens when the stomach's acid flows back up into the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. This can cause a burning feeling in the chest, also known as heartburn.

There are several things you can do to manage acid reflux and reduce the chances of it happening. One of the most important things is to pay attention to your diet. Certain foods can make acid reflux worse, such as spicy foods, fatty foods, and drinks with caffeine. It's a good idea to avoid these foods and drinks if you have acid reflux.

Another thing you can do is to eat smaller meals more often. Eating big meals can put pressure on the stomach, which can make acid reflux worse. Instead, try eating smaller meals throughout the day.

It's also important to stay active and maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can put pressure on the stomach and make acid reflux worse. Regular exercise can help keep your weight in check and improve your overall health.

There are also certain lifestyle changes you can make to help manage acid reflux. For example, it's a good idea to avoid lying down right after eating. It's also a good idea to avoid tight-fitting clothes, as they can put pressure on the stomach.

If you're experiencing acid reflux, there are over-the-counter medicines that can help. These medicines neutralize the acid in your stomach or reduce the amount of acid your stomach produces. However, you should talk to your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicine.

In summary, acid reflux is a common problem that can be managed with the right lifestyle changes. Pay attention to your diet, eat smaller meals more often, stay active and maintain a healthy weight, and make certain lifestyle changes such as avoiding lying down after eating and tight-fitting clothes. If your symptoms persist, please talk to your doctor about over-the-counter medicines.

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