The lure of quick-fixes has made many people rely on medicines and treatments to treat acid reflux without factoring in the side effects.

And the biggest evidence is the increasing number of Zantac cancer lawsuits filed against the manufacturers in recent years. Zantac is a commonly-found drug to treat stomach acid and to prevent ulcers in the intestine and stomach. 

Many practitioners recommend Zantac (Ranitidine) to soothe Zollinger-Ellison syndrome but stomach cancer lawsuits have sparked concern in the medical fraternity. 

Instead of solely depending on such controversial heartburn drugs, embrace positive changes in your lifestyle. Herein, we are offering nine tips to stave off the risk of acid reflux problems- 

  1. Avoid Some Eatables- 

Restrict your diet and eliminate foods like- high-fat foods (french fries, pork, bacon fat, desserts, lamb, ham fat, creams, sauces, gravies, onion rings, potato chips, etc), tomatoes, citrus fruits (lemon, oranges, salsa, pineapples, grapefruit), chocolates (containing methylxanthine), spicy food, mint, caffeine-rich drinks. 

To be on the safe side, avoid flour-based eatables like crackers and bread too. 

  1. Eat Measured Meals- 

Change your eating habits. Instead of going for three large meals a day, prefer 6 smaller meals. When the stomach is full all the time, the chances of esophagus flooded with acid reflux increases. It becomes worse when you stuff yourself with more than the required food.  

3, Stay Up After Meals- 

The urge to lay on the couch is the highest after you’ve lunch or dinner. Stroll for a while after each meal. A 30-minutes walk would be enough. Why? Because gravity helps the acid settle down where it belongs. If not done, it can lead to sudden uneasiness inviting acid reflux. 

4, Avoid Carbonated Beverages- 

Carbonated beverages include cola, ginger ale, grape soft drink, ginger beer, energy drink, diet coke, cream soda, frozen seasoned drinks, and even sparkling water. These drinks when it sends acid into the esophagus make you burp instantly. This is one of the signs of sensing acid reflux. 

5, Correct Your Sleeping Posture- 

Preferably, the head should be at least 6 to 8 inches higher than the feet. A perfect sleeping position can be achieved by placing an ‘extra-tall’ bed riser on the legs. If your sleeping partner objects this, go for a foam wedge support to obtain the right posture. 

6, Quit Smoking- 

Smoking contributes to acid reflux. Generally, the sphincter manages the food passage into the stomach & avoids acid from refluxing in the esophagus. Nicotine content affects sphincter processing while increasing the chances of acid reflux damaging the esophagus. 

7, Avoid Alcohol- 

Alcohol consumption causes severe damage to the esophageal mucosa. If you are addicted, go for a moderate amount of alcohol only and do not drink 2 or 3 hours before going to bed.  

8, Lose Weight- 

Your increased weight can be one of the reasons for upsurging acid reflux. Weight gain can spread the muscular structure supporting lower esophageal sphincter. It decreases the amount of pressure that helps to firmly hold the sphincter closed. It results in acid entering the esophagus and developing into acid reflux. 

9, Avoid Intense Exercises- 

Exercises like- stomach crunches, heavy weight lifting or any other exercises pressurizing the lower abdominal muscles can trigger acid reflux. 

If you have a history of stomach acid issues and you don’t see any improvement even after adopting positive lifestyle habits, consult a health practitioner immediately. Also, keep a thorough check on the medicines prescribed.