Alert
Close

Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on 9-11. Volunteer today

HIGHLIGHTS

Open
AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy

AARP REALPAD

The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More

AARP VETERAN MEMBERSHIP

Military and Veterans Discount

 

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Webinars

Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.

AARP BOOKS

Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies

Get expert advice on planning for your own or a relative’s future care needs.

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

10 Things You Should Know About Avoiding Acid Reflux

Tips and recipes for how to beat heartburn

7. Don’t Eat After 8 p.m.

When you eat can be just as important as what you eat. People with reflux should consider the kitchen closed after 8 p.m. That means no meals, snacks or beverages, other than water —  as long as it isn’t too much water. Also, don’t lie down right after eating, and if you reflux in the middle of the night, try adjusting pillows and bolsters so you can sleep in a more upright position.

8. Fashion and Fitness Do’s and Don’ts

Don’t exercise right after eating. Also, don’t wear constricting clothing around your waist or tight belts because they increase pressure in the stomach, which contributes to reflux.

9. Establish New Habits

Besides avoiding alcohol and late-night eating, eat frequent, smaller meals rather than fewer big meals, and give up or don’t start smoking. If reflux is a serious problem for you right now, you may want to try a diet designed for people with acid reflux. (See recipes from the book I cowrote: Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure.)

10. Consult Your Doctor: Describe your symptoms to your general practice doctor, but if you suspect you have “silent” (LPR) reflux, you may want to see an ear, nose and throat specialist, as well. Acid reflux has been linked to fast-rising rates of esophageal cancer and precancer (Barrett’s esophagus), so if you have had symptoms for more than a few years, you’ll probably want to have an examination of your throat and esophagus (an awake endoscopy or transnasal esophagoscopy).

Dr. Jamie Koufman is a professor of clinical otolaryngology at New York Medical College, director of the Voice Institute of New York and co-author, with Dr. Jordan Stern and French master chef Marc Bauer of  Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure.

You may also like: Are your medications making you fat?

Member Discounts! Save on eye exams, prescription drugs, hearing aids and more

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Advertisement

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Walgreens 1 discount membership aarp

Members can earn 50 points per $1 spent on select health & wellness products at Walgreens.

member benefit aarp hear usa

Members save 15% on easy listening devices and more at the HearUSA Hearing Shop.

Eye Med 4 Membership Benefit AARP Discount

Members save up to 60% on eye exams and 30% on glasses at Target Optical.

Membership Benefits Discounts Email Genius

Brain boost? Get AARP email for access to memory exercises & more that help you focus.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points

Advertisement