Lifestyle Changes To Reduce
Acid Reflux (GERD)
by Adam Carmen
There are many ways to reduce the symptoms of Acid Reflux. If you go to your personal doctor or a specialist they will most likely offer you a prescription for one of the popular PPI medications (proton pump inhibitor). They may also offer you an H2 blocker like Zantac. Both of these serve their purpose and have been used widely for many decades.
However, if you are looking to try more of a lifestyle modification approach before trying medication, here are a few approaches that you can implement today.
Eat Smaller Meals
Eating smaller more frequent meals, gives you digestive system time to digest what you are eating. When you sit down to a huge “American Style” dinner, it takes your system a long time to completely digest your meal.
Shoveling your food in may be common place in today’s fast paced world, but if you have Acid Reflux (GERD) it’s not a great idea. When you eat fast, you typically don’t completely chew your food. By eating slower and completely chewing each bite you are giving your digestive system a fighting chance to not turn against you!
Stay away from Alcohol
While many people love a glass of wine or beer etc., alcohol can easily flair up your Acid Reflux (GERD). If you must consume, keep it in moderation and not right before bed. The nightcap is the killer!
Stay away from Caffeine
Coffee, Tea, Chocolate are a part of many people’s lives and can be hard to give up. They can all aggravate Acid Reflux (GERD). Again if you must have these, use in moderation.
If you have Acid Reflux (GERD) and are sleeping on a flat bed, even if you are on medication like a PPI you can still have acid quietly traveling up your esophagus while lying flat. Many people don’t even realize it’s happening; they just wake up in the morning with a dull ache in their chest and throat area.
Stay away from Trigger Foods
Raw Onions, Red Tomato Sauce, Greasy Fried Foods. All of these things can make a bad situation worse or just induce a flare up. Everyone has their own trigger foods but these three are some of the biggest culprits.
As you can see from this list. Each of these suggestions are easy to implement. You can also take one at at time, to see what works best for you.