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Voice & Swallowing Disorders

Lifestyle Recommendations for Reflux Disease

There are several lifestyle modifications that you can make to limit your reflux. These are absolutely no risk – and they are free!

  • Quit smoking!
  • If you are overweight, weight loss should be a primary goal
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid tight abdominal clothing
  • Do not lie down within three hours of eating (or within 20 minutes of drinking)
  • Avoid foods that seem to make your reflux worse. These may include:
    • Peppermint
    • Sodas
    • Coffee
    • Citrus fruits
    • Bananas
    • Fried foods
  • Some people find that raising the head of their bed helps their symptoms. You may also find it helpful to avoid lying on your right side.

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