Nexium users: What you can do



Most Nexium users are likely tired of hearing what they can't eat. Sufferers are aware of their trigger foods, and sometimes it's OK to indulge.

Most Nexium users are likely tired of hearing what they can't eat. Sufferers are aware of their trigger foods, and sometimes it's OK to indulge. So, instead of what not to do, there are some steps those dealing with acid reflux can take to help reduce their symptoms.

How to: decrease stomach acid
In addition to taking Nexium, users may want to follow these five simple guidelines:

  1. Drink an 8-ounce glass of water in the morning - this will help to neutralize the acid in the stomach and may prevent a bout of severe heartburn later in the day. It's equally important to continue drinking plenty of water - eight 8-ounce glasses - throughout the remainder of the day.
  2. While maintaining a healthy diet, make it rich in fruits such as apples, bananas and watermelon. These are free of citrus, and may help to ease the troublesome acid in the stomach.
  3. There are a number of diet plans that call for small meals throughout the day, and this method may be useful for acid reflux sufferers as well. The aim? Five to six small meals could give the belly a regular supply of non-trigger foods.
  4. Yogurt has plenty of health benefits, most importantly the abundance of probiotics it contains. In the morning, for an afternoon snack or as dessert, yogurt can be a great preventative for acid reflux.
  5. A natural diet is best, and the best whole foods worth consuming are beans, grains, fish and lean poultry - so there's no need to not enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to helping with weight maintenance, these items can subdue acid in the stomach.

Other surprising suppressors
Those who are looking to other natural ways to pair with Nexium in the hopes of decreasing acid reflux bouts may be surprised to find out some tricks to the trade. For instance, eating a red delicious apple following a poor meal choice - pizza, wings and pretty much anything that is fried - can help to sooth the stomach's reaction. Another odd way to find relief is by sleeping on your left side. When individuals who have GERD sleep on their stomachs or right sides, it is likely to cause aggravation. Although the reasons for the left side offering relief are unknown, it's worth trying out - especially for those who are woken up by their symptoms throughout the night. One last surprise: raw almonds produce alkaline, a known nutrient that balances pH levels in the body, which may prevent heartburn.