Do not smoke. Smoking will cause reflux.
Avoid large meals, east slowly, and eat 4 to 5 small meals a day.
Avoid eating within 2- 3 hours of going to bed.
Avoid lying down, bending over or standing immediately after eating.
Avoid tight fitting clothing, especially around the waste and after a meal.
Lose weight if overweight.
It is helpful to sleep with the head of the bed elevated, for more severe symptoms. (Six inches of bed elevations will decrease reflux significantly.)
Foods to avoid:
- Carbonated beverages containing caffeine
- Cream sauces
- Fried foods
- High fat foods
- High fat meats
- Mints (peppermint, spearmint)
- Citrus juices
- High fat Salad dressings
- Spicy foods
- Tomato juice and sauces