The Causes Of Acid Reflux
The factors contributing to heartburn also contribute to acid reflux. Try not to eat close to bedtime, eat large meals, bend over or lie down right after eating. Keep a healthy weight as obesity contributes to acid reflux and avoid certain foods like spicy, fatty, fried, garlic, onions, mint, tomato, citric, chocolate, etc. Also avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, and smoking. Frequently experiencing acid reflux may also indicate the presence of disease such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is treatable with prescription medicine or surgery but should not be left untreated as it can lead to more serious conditions. Symptoms of acid reflux include difficulty swallowing, having a sour taste in the mouth, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, and inability to lie supine. Lifestyle and diet changes can help alleviate acid reflux symptoms as well as over the counter medication such as Tums, Tagamet, Prilosec, and Pepcid.