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Old 10-10-2009, 12:45 AM   #1
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Helpful suggestions for reducing Acid Reflux

It is known to be beneficial to sleep on the left side of your stomach than your right side. Sleeping on you left side is better for you not to experience acid reflux symptoms like heartburn.

If you make it a habit to sleep with your head in an elevated position that would reduce heartburn during your sleep. This can be achieved using one or two extra pillows. If you can afford it, getting a bed that can be raised, a bed similar to the ones used in hospitals would be a great idea. If not, you can raise the head side of your bed with blocks of wood or some thing similar.

Eat any time you feel like eating. But make it very small portions. If you skip food in between for so long, you will end up eating a big meal in the end and it is going to cause the worsening of your acid reflux condition. Any person who tries to avoid meals in between for whatever reasons may end up over filling your stomach when you finally have food. This must be avoided at all cost.

In between meals, it would be helpful to you make it a habit of chewing gums. This would create a lot of saliva in your mouth and this can wash down any left over acids from your esophagus and throat. Saliva is alkaline in nature and is going to neutralize the acids to some extent. When choosing chewing gums avoid mint flavored ones. Mint is known to worsen acid reflux condition in many people.

Instead of chewing gums, you can suck on cough drops like halls or antacids, and they will provide you with the same effect.

Drinking water can dilute the stomach acids and can be helpful in reducing your heartburn condition.

It is an absolute no no to hit the bed right after a big meal. You need to walk for a little while before you go to sleep. The ideal case is to sleep only four hours after having your dinner. So have your dinner earlier around 5 or 6 O’clock, as was the practice of yesteryears.

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Old 10-13-2009, 11:23 PM   #2
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Re: Helpful suggestions for reducing Acid Reflux

Thanks, good advice.

Old 10-15-2009, 08:47 PM   #3
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Re: Helpful suggestions for reducing Acid Reflux

I follow all your suggestions and find most work for me. I also chew alot of gum but watch out for those containing citric acid. I tried a good, expensive wedge pillow for a couple of months, but have given it up - seemed to make reflux worse.

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Re: Helpful suggestions for reducing Acid Reflux

Propping the headboard of your bed at least 6 inches is the best at night. Some wedge pillows are OK, but if they aren't being used right or if pillows are being used, the result can be scrunching of the stomach which will make the reflux worse.

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