8 tips to help manage GERD symptoms

GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a medical condition where contents from the stomach leak or reflux backwards into the esophagus.

This can cause acid reflux, heartburn, other painful symptoms and can damage the esophagus.

If you are living with GERD or suffer from acid reflux, you should consult with your doctor to receive the proper medical care.

The following are suggestions to manage your GERD symptoms and live a more comfortable life.

  1. Limit your intake of the following foods:  fatty foods, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, mint and acidic food and drinks.
  2. Exercise. For some people, light to moderate exercise can help manage GERD symtpoms.
  3. Lose weight.  Fat tissues in the abdomen compress the stomach with causes more reflux from the stomach.
  4. Limit the amount of water or beverages you consume during meals.
  5. Stop smoking. Smoking has been shown to increase symptoms and can cause coughing which aggravates GERD.
  6. Sleep with your head elevated to avoid GERD symptoms when resting or sleeping.
  7. Avoid any abdominal pressures.  Limit heavy weight lifting, work and tight clothes
  8. Certain medications can aggravate GERD. It is important to consult with your doctor about GERD and medications.
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