GERD Awareness Week: Simple Tips for Digestive Health

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GERD Awareness Week in November is dedicated to raising awareness nationwide about gastroesophageal reflux disease, a chronic digestive disorder that causes stomach contents to back up into the esophagus, often resulting in heartburn, indigestion and/or acid reflux. While occasional heartburn and reflux are not uncommon, GERD refers to the more serious, long-lasting disorder (more than twice a week for two weeks), which affects about 20 percent of Americans.

Many people don’t realize that  a healthy diet and lifestyle may help prevent occasional heartburn and reflux, which in turn may help prevent the development of GERD. Here are some simple, everyday tips to follow:

  • Avoid greasy, fried foods and spicy foods
  • Avoid processed foods high in refined sugars
  • Avoid acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus
  • Avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Avoid chocolate and caffeine
  • Consume more dietary fiber
  • Do not overeat or eat too quickly; chew your food well
  • Try to stop eating 2 to 3 hours before sleep
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Quit smoking
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  • Ty Shlackman

    I think GERD is related to slow oxidation which involves underactive thyroid and adrenal glands causing low production of hydrochloric acid.