Neal Shanblatt, MD

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Heartburn, Reflux, and Indigestion
Heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) occurs when acid from the stomach splashes or refluxes back up into the esophagus.   Acid overproduction can lead to ulcers.  Avoiding foods that stimulate acid production and foods that decrease the muscle sphincter tone around the esophagus can help alleviate this problem.    If you are overweight, losing weight will help. Eat small meals.  If your symptoms are mostly at night, avoid eating within 2 hours of going to sleep.  Elevate the head of your bed.

Avoid the following foods:


Spearmint and peppermint

Coffee and tea (regular and decaf)


Soda and other carbonated beverages

Orange juice and grapefruit juice

Tomatoes, tomato juice and tomato based sauces

Spicy foods, onions, garlic, pepper

Vinegar and mustard

Aspirin products (includes Excedrin and alka-seltzer) unless directed by Dr. Shanblatt

Anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen, motrin, advil, naproxen, midol, aleve)