How to Use Dietary Supplements for Acid Reflux

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Dietary supplement can help with acid reflux, and avoiding certain foods can also ease symptoms. Manage acid reflux with advice from a licensed and registered dietitian and nutritionist in this free video on using dietary supplements for acid reflux.

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Hi, I'm Charlotte Lawson, a registered and licensed dietitian. Now, if you have acid reflux, you've probably been experimenting and trying to figure out what you can change in your diet to really help improve or, excuse me, decrease your symptoms. You may have heard of different vitamins or minerals, for instance Vitamin C for reflux, but typically calcium is really the mineral and magnesium also, as well to help remove or diminish those acid reflux symptoms. Now, there's also things as far as your dietary pattern in certain foods that maybe you can avoid to again help relieve that acid or heartburn. Now, it's a little bit different for each person so my first recommendation is really to keep a food diary as well as a food symptom diary, meaning write down the foods that you eat and then record your symptoms after the fact. For instance, high acidity foods like tomatoes or citric fruits or citric foods, excuse me, like oranges, grapefruit, may often have a high acid production for some persons but not everyone. Now, also keep in mind are eating pattern. It's really recommended to eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day versus larger meals that again fill up a large volume into your stomach and can often force that acid up into our esophagus producing those reflux symptoms. Also, keep in mind not to lay down within two hours after eating, give your body some time to digest and push things along through the system. So again, you're not at that top level where your stomach is overfilled and maybe having a little bit of that acid leakage up into our throat. So again, as far as minerals go check out calcium and your magnesium, try to have six smaller meals a day, keep a food diary with your symptoms and avoid laying down right after eating. Those are just a couple tips to help manage the acid reflux symptoms. I'm Charlotte, and eat happy.

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