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Tips for Gastric Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid frequently flows back into the tube connecting your mouth and stomach (esophagus). The backwash (acid reflux) can irritate the lining of your esophagus which in turn can lead to the narrowing of the esophagus (esophageal stricture), an open sore in the esophagus (esophageal ulcer), or precancerous changes to the esophagus (Barretts esophagus).                                                                                                                                             .

Common signs and symptoms of GERD include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which might be worse at night
  • Frequent cough, can be worse in the morning
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid
  • Sensation of a lump in your throat

The good news is that by making a few changes to your diet you can reduce the discomforts of GERD. It’s best to avoid the following foods as they can trigger or worsen symptoms:

  • High fat foods and fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Caffeine
  • Decaf coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint/Spearmint
  • Alcohol
  • Carbonated beverages

If you suspect that foods may trigger or worsen symptoms of GERD, try keeping a one week daily diary of what you eat and when you experienced GERD.

Other helpful tips include:

  • Wait 3 hours after eating before lying down
  • Eat slowly, sit down when you eat, and eat in a calm environment
  • Do not overeat
  • Exercise at least 4-5 times a week
  • Avoid smoking
  • Drink lots of water (at least 64oz/day)
  • Wear loose fitting clothes
  • Elevate head of bed 6-8 inches (do not just add extra pillows)

If none of the above suggestions helps you may need medication. Contact your primary care provider if your GERD symptoms persist.

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