Health Tip: Help Manage GERD

By on June 21, 2010

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when what’s inside your stomach backs up into the esophagus. This may trigger an unpleasant taste in the mouth and a burning sensation in the chest or throat, commonly called heartburn.

The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says these lifestyle changes may help prevent GERD symptoms:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Don’t drink or eat anything that you know triggers your GERD symptoms.
  • Lose any excess weight.
  • Eat small meals several times a day.
  • Wear clothes that fit loosely.
  • Don’t lie down for at least three hours after you eat.
  • Lift the head of your bed 6 inches to 8 inches higher than the foot of the bed.

Source: HealthDay

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