Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Essay

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
Sensitive Gut (Harvard Special Health Reports)
In consultation with Lawrence S. Friedman, M.D. Stanford, CT

     In this article, you are informed about a disease that is occurring more often in our society. It is commonly referred to as “heartburn” but is more appropriately named acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Most people suffer from this disease, but think nothing of it. Perhaps they have felt it after a big meal, lying down after eating, during pregnancy, or even when bending over. Most people feel that GERD occurs after eating spicy foods, when in fact the major cause of GERD is fatty foods and the quantity of foods eaten.
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     There are many different ways to treat GERD. You have many different options ranging from drug store remedies, drug prescriptions, and surgery. Some of the easiest things you can do involve a simple dietary and eating habits.
•     If certain foods or drinks tend to increase or cause GERD, avoid them.
•     Eat less fried or fatty foods.
•     Eat smaller meals. Instead of eating one or two large meals a day, eat 3, 4, or 5 smaller meals instead.
•     Relax when you eat. Since stress can cause GERD, take you time and eat slowly.
•     Relax between meals. This will cut down on stress and GERD occurance.
•     Remain in an upright position after eating for atleast 3 hours.
•     Avoid bedtime snacks. No eating within 3 hours of bed.
•     Lose weight. Excess weight increases pressure on the stomach and helps push acid in to the esophagus.
•     Loosen up your clothes. Tight clothes can put pressure on your stomach too.
•     Stop smoking.
•     Chew gum to increase saliva production which sooths the esophagus and washes acid back into the stomach.
•     Raise your head at

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