Lifestyle Treatment and Prevention
People with heartburn should first try lifestyle and dietary changes. Some suggestions are:
- Avoid or reduce consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, chocolate, garlic, onions, peppermint, spearmint, and alcohol. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees increase acid secretion.
- Avoid all carbonated drinks, because they increase the risk for GERD.
- Choose low-fat or skim dairy products, poultry, and fish
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables,...