Reducing Your Risk of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)/Heartburn
by Rick Alan
To help manage your GERD symptoms, try to avoid eating large meals or eating too fast.
Other ways to manage GERD symptoms include:
Avoiding certain foods such as:
Avoiding certain beverages such as:
Smoking cigarettes weakens the lower esophageal sphincter. Stopping smoking can help reduce GERD symptoms.
After eating meals, wait at least 2-3 hours before lying down. This may lessen reflux by giving the stomach time to empty.
Exercise or strenuous activity immediately after eating can cause stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus. Wait at least 2-3 hours after eating to exercise.
Wearing clothing or belts that are too tight can increase the reflux of stomach acid by increasing abdominal pressure. For the same reason, don’t bend over or strain, especially soon after meals.
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Last reviewed April 2013 by Daus Mahnke, MD; Brian Randall, MD
Last Updated: 4/30/2013
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