What Helps Acid Reflux?:  A Heart-Healthy Guide to Managing Symptoms


Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid flows back into the esophagus.

Symptoms of acid reflux include heartburn, vomiting, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.

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Adopting heart-healthy lifestyle changes can help manage the symptoms of acid reflux.

Maintaining a healthy body weight: Obesity can increase the likelihood of developing acid reflux, follow a plan to reduce weight and deal with acid reflux.[Source: National Library of medicine]

Avoid consuming foods and drinks that can trigger acid reflux, such as fatty and fried foods, citrus fruits, chocolate, and caffeine.

Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day can help to reduce acid reflux symptoms.

Quit smoking. Nicotine in cigars can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, which can lead to acid reflux.

Avoiding lying down for at least 2-3 hours after eating to prevent acid reflux symptoms. [Source: Harvard Health Publishing]