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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why do I have acid reflux?

    I have been suffering from acid reflux for about a month.

    I have pain discomfort in my stomach and oesophagus. I am taking Nexium 20mg twice a day and are now taking Zantac during the day to help with the indigestion and nausea which is really uncomfortable.

    I am getting quite scared about it all as it is not getting any better. I am an anxious person which doesn't help. I also have pains in my side. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    In terms of dietary management of GORD or reflux you can try the following:

    • Smaller more frequent meals (don't eat too much in one sitting)
    • Avoid fatty foods
    • Separate fluids with meals (try to stop drinking water 30 min before eating or hold off for 30 min after)
    • Reduce alcohol intake
    • Reduce irritants (i.e. chilli or too much caffeine)
    • Wait a couple of hours after eating before lying down
    • Ginger may also help to settle the stomach, try some ginger tea

    Hope this helps. If you want more specific advice consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD). You can find an APD by logging onto www.daa.asn.au and clicking on the “find an APD” tab.

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    Debbie Thompson

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    Thanks for this. It's very helpful. I sometimes succumb to acid reflux after my third coffee for the day, usually in the afternoons. After reading this, I'll definitely reduce my coffee intake.

  • Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris … View Profile

    Not a problem. Glad you found my advice useful :)

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