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How to prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease with lifestyle?

It’s definitely clear that a correct life style is effective to prevent the symptoms of GERD. Reflux of acid is more injurious at night than during the day. Elevate the head of your bed at least six inches. If possible, put wooden blocks under the legs at the head of the bed or use a solid foam wedge under the head portion of the mattress. Simply using extra pillows may not

help. Avoid foods that promote opening of the esophageal sphincter and increase acid reflux, especially coffee, chocolate, fatty foods and whole milk, carbonated beverages, peppermint and spearmint. Also limit acidic foods that make the irritation worse when they are regurgitated, including citrus fruits and tomatoes. Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Do not lie down after eating. Do not eat for three to four hours before going to bed. If you smoke, quit. Smoking loosens the lower esophageal sphincter and reduces the amount of saliva you produce, so your esophagus is less well rinsed. Avoid drinking alcohol, since it loosens the esophageal sphincter. Lose weight if you are obese. Obesity can make it harder for the esophageal sphincter to stay closed. Avoid wearing tight-fitting garments. They increase pressure on the abdomen, which can open the esophageal sphincter when it should be shut. To keep producing saliva so that your esophagus continues to be rinsed, it may be useful to use lozenges or gum. People who have had symptoms of GERD or have been treated for GERD for more than five years should have an endoscopy test to look for Barrett's esophagus. If Barrett's esophagus is found, endoscopy at regular intervals may be wise, so that cancerous changes can be identified and treated when the cancer is in its earliest stages.

More information on gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux, GERD)

What is gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux)? - Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which stomach contents, including acid, back up (reflux) into the esophagus, causing inflammation and damage to the esophagus.
What causes gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Gastroesophageal reflux disease is often the result of conditions that affect the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Dietary and lifestyle choices may contribute to GERD.
What are the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Heartburn, also called acid indigestion, is the most common symptom of reflux. The most common symptoms in children are repeated vomiting, coughing, and other respiratory problems.
What're the complications of gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to a number of serious problems, such as bleeding ulcers in the esophagus, and scarring leading to narrowing of the esophagus.
How is gastroesophageal reflux disease diagnosed? - Useful diagnosing methods include barium swallow X-rays, esophageal manometry, esophageal pH monitoring and EGD.
What're the treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Doctors recommend lifestyle and dietary changes for most people with GERD. Lifestyle modifications are a key component in the management of GERD and should be incorporated into all treatment stages.
What GERD medications treat gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Antacids remain the drugs of choice for quick relief of symptoms associated with GERD. H2-Receptor blockers are indicated for the prevention and relief of heartburn, acid indigestion and sour stomach.
What surgery treats gastroesophageal reflux disease? - Surgery is indicated for a small group of patients with GERD. The standard surgical treatment, sometimes preferred over longtime use of medication, is the Nissen fundoplication.
How to prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease with lifestyle? - A correct life style is effective to prevent the symptoms of GERD. Avoid foods that promote opening of the esophageal sphincter and increase acid reflux.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants and children - Infants are more likely to have the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relax when it should remain shut. Infants are easier for the stomach contents to reflux up into the esophagus.
What is hiatal hernia? - A hiatal hernia is named for the hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm between your chest and your stomach. There are two types of hiatal hernias. 
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