November 21st – November 27th is known nationally as GERD awareness week.
GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. GERD is a digestive disorder that causes heartburn and indigestion stemming from acid reflux. At some point we have all experienced heartburn. Heartburn is the result of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) allowing acid to flow back up the esophagus instead of continuing on to the stomach. There are some lifestyle changes that can be made in order to reduce the symptoms of GERD.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Avoiding tight fitting clothing around the abdomen.
- Avoiding trigger foods and drinks. (Common triggers are: fatty and fried foods, tomato sauce, alcohol, chocolate, mint, garlic, onion, and caffeine may make heartburn worse.)
- Smaller meals.
- Avoid laying down directly after meals.
- Elevate the head of your bed 6 to 9 inches.
- Avoid smoking.
Information obtained from- http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20025201