Strategies to control heartburn

  • Eat smaller meals at regularly spaced intervals.
  • Eat a lighter meal in the evening.
  • Take fluids between, instead of with, meals. This can decrease the likelihood of acid reflux.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Even a few pounds can make a difference.
  • Stay upright after meals.
  • Stop smoking, as nicotine weakens the esophageal sphincter and increases acid production.
  • Wait three hours after you eat before you lie down.
  • Keep a food diary to keep track of foods and symptoms.
  • Keep in mind that food choices, portion size, and eating habits are equally important for symptom relief.

Source: Guide to Better Digestion by Leslie Bonci (2003)

House Call: 7 Steps To Reverse Acid Reflux by Dr. Mark Hyman

You don’t need to live with this condition and there are solutions other than taking acid-blocking drugs to treat your symptoms.  Watch this edition of House Call with Dr. Hyman to learn what things may be causing your acid reflux and how you can fix it at the source.

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