If you're someone who deals with acid reflux on a regular basis, you may be wondering whether intermittent fasting could potentially help.

So what impact will intermittent fasting have on this issue? Let's take a closer look.

The Food Volume Issue

The very first thing that you need to think about is the fact that you will be eating a much larger amount of food during a shorter time period.

While for some people the volume of food consumed has little influence on whether or not they experience acid reflux, for others, it's one of the primary determinants.

If that's the case for you, chances are you could experience more acid reflux while using the intermittent fasting protocol compared to when you weren't.

As such, you'll have to see how your body reacts to it.

The Evening Eating Issue

A second potential issue with the intermittent fasting diet plan as far as acid reflux goes is the fact that you will likely be eating a higher amount of food in the evening period and then laying down to sleep afterwards.

As lying down after eating does tend to make acid reflux worse, this may not mean good news for how you're feeling. As such, again, you may need to rethink the approach.

Or, alternatively you might consider spacing your eating and fasting times out slightly differently so that you aren't going to bed immediately after your last meal.

Making The Most Of The Situation

So what else can you do to help beat acid reflux while using the intermittent fasting approach? If you are very set on using this type of diet protocol, then you may consider first making sure that you are eating only those foods that agree with you.

Each person should have a list of foods that they know aggravate their condition, so be sure to stay away from those that do.

Second, you should still consider taking some variety of acid reflux medication on those days where you're really experiencing issues. While it's somewhat unfortunate to have to use the medication, it can help and ease your symptoms. For those who really want to use the intermittent fasting protocol, this can be a very key benefit.

So there you have the main points to keep in mind regarding intermittent fasting and acid reflux. It's manageable on this diet, but it won't necessarily cure you from this problem.

About the author: Shannon is a fitness trainer and freelance writer who has written for Bodybuilding.com.

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