Anti-Reflux Regimen

The following lifestyle modifications will help in relieving the discomfort of reflux:

1) Watch what you eat and drink. Avoid things that can increase stomach acid.

  • Avoid acidic or high-fat foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, or fast-food hamburgers
  • Avoid coffee, tea, alcoholic, or carbonated beverages (with or without caffeine)
  • Avoid chocolate
  • Avoid mints

2) Watch when you eat or drink.

  • Divide your daily food intake into smaller quantities, more often (several smaller meals vs one or two huge meals)
  • Don’t eat late at night and don’t lie down for at least an hour after eating

3) Watch your weight and your smoking habits.

  • Lose weight if you are overweight
  • If you smoke, quit (smoking increases stomach acid)

4) Other helpful hints.

  • Avoid bending over unless you have to
  • Don’t wear tight belts or tight-fitting clothes
  • Raise the head of your bed 6-10 inches by placing blocks or books under the legs. Lying flat lets acid reflux back up into the esophagus.
  • Take any medication your physician has prescribed for your condition.
  • Check with your physician before taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, they can make reflux symptoms worse.

Gastroenterologist Services

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Our Locations

Bay Area Endoscopy and Surgery Center
5771 49th St North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tel: (727) 528-2261 

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5651 49th Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
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Our Hospitals

Northside Hospital
6000 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Tel: (727) 521-5158

St. Petersburg General Hospital
6500 38th Ave North
St Petersburg, FL 33710
Tel: (727) 461-8057