Tips On How To Avoid Acid Reflux After Eating

First of all, read my medical disclaimer before reading another word of this post. My medical disclaimer can be found here

So what is acid reflux anyway?

Some experts tells us that Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid and other contents of the stomach flow back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest and throat. Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, regurgitation, chest pain, bloating, difficulty swallowing, and a sour taste in the mouth. Additionally, acid reflux can cause dental erosion, respiratory problems, and an increased risk of esophageal cancer if left untreated.

I wouldn’t be bothered with writing this post if I myself did not often suffer from acid reflux attacks but I do and so I am sharing whatever I can find about it. I often worry that one of these attacks might choke me to death but I am not sure if that could happen or not. Here is something I read about it somewhere: While it is possible for acid reflux to be severe and cause life-threatening complications, it is not typically fatal. Aspiration of acid reflux, however, can be dangerous if the acid enters the lungs, as it can cause respiratory problems and even death.

So, regardless of what anyone says, I always feel grateful and lucky when I get through one of these things. I am sure that everybody who suffers from these things has a different reaction …but like I say in my medical disclaimer, I am no expert but I do know how I feel and what I fear.

So what are some of the tips that some people tell us are helpful to avoid this reflux problem in the first place? — or at least, to deal with it:

1. Avoid trigger foods: Common trigger foods for acid reflux include fatty or fried foods, spicy foods, citrus, garlic, tomatoes, and onions. I am in trouble from the get-go because I dearly love onions and garlic.

2. Eat smaller meals: Eating large meals can increase the risk of acid reflux. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help reduce the risk of acid reflux. Yes, I do this but sometimes I do too much of it… if you know what I mean.

3. Avoid late-night eating: Eating close to bedtime can increase the risk of acid reflux. Avoid eating late at night and give yourself at least three hours to digest before lying down. I am guilty of laying down too soon after eating so in my case, I am asking for trouble. I am going to have to learn some self discipline.

4. Avoid alcohol and caffeine: Alcohol and caffeine can both relax the lower esophageal sphincter, which can increase the risk of acid reflux. — I do not smoke at all and I drink very rarely so this is not a problem for me.

5. Elevate your head: Keeping your head elevated can help reduce the risk of acid reflux. Place a few pillows under your head and shoulders to keep your head elevated while sleeping. I do this religiously and sometimes I wake up with a sore neck … but I will keep on doing it because I think it helps me to breathe better at night as well as helping with the reflux nightmare.

But do not depend on a single word that I have written here but make sure to discuss all this with your personal licensed and certified health care provider before you do anything new. The things that I have written here are just things that have come my way and I am sharing them for general interest.

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