How to Avoid Acid Reflux


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Exercise the right way

Although exercise is critical for maintaining a healthy body weight, certain types of exercise may worsen acid reflux.

Weight lifting and bench presses, for instance, can create extra pressure in the abdomen, forcing stomach contents up into the esophagus, says Dr. Deshpande.

But timing of exercise may be more important than the type of exercise, says Dr. Chutkan, who recommends that people work out on an empty stomach. "That will take care of symptoms in probably 95% of people," she says.

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