It depends. There are a lot of common habits that aggravates instead of alleviates acid reflux.
I found this video to be very helpful to curb my unhealthy habits:
There’s a cool trick to kind of force your body to stop acid reflux which is worth looking at as well: Heartburn No More Video
This video is worth watching.
We all experience the food coma sometimes. It is that feeling when youre sluggish, bloated and sleepy after every meal. We can blame unhealthy food for that. But, that’s not always true.
Unfortunately, we are not aware that this is a result of unhealthy habits weve developed.
We will show you, top 3 unhealthy eating habits, you should avoid:
Eating large amounts of proteins such as, chicken, fish, eggs, and beef, and starch such as, bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, can cause acid reflux and indigestion.
The proteins have a slower rate of digestion, while the starches digest much faster.
When consumed, starches pretty quickly digest in the stomach, and go to the next stage in the small intestine. When they are mixed up with the proteins, they have to stay around, and wait until the proteins are digested too.
When the starches stay too long in the stomach, they ferment, or release gases, which makes us to feel bloated.
Eat the starch first, then protein. We shouldnt overdo with starch, a small portion is enough.
It is allowed to eat veggies with protein and starch at the same time.
Recommended temperature of drinking water should be room temperature. If we drink ice-cold water, it will constrict the blood vessels, so the food will digest slower. And the bodys energy will get diverted. Instead of using the energy to digest the food, it will use it to regulate the body temperature.
Think Japanese. Before a meal, take hot water, or green tea, and slowly sip it.
It is great to have water with your meal, but in small sips. Drinking lots of water along with the food, will make you feel bloated later. The hydrochloric acid is super acid, that helps in the process of digestion. If we drink too much water, we are going to dilute this acid. The digestion will be slower, and the bloating is inevitable.
You can drink lots of water, an hour before meals. Or after.
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This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Acid Reflux.