Although it is difficult to live with gastroesophageal reflux, there are simple changes that can help you control your symptoms.
Reflux occurs when stomach contents, both acid and undigested food, flow into the esophagus (the tube that goes from the throat to the stomach) through the lower esophageal sphincter.
With reflux you have symptoms such as heartburn, regurgitation, coughing or vomiting; This is not just unpleasant. It can also put you at risk for more serious problems, such as ulcers and esophageal cancer.
But you should know that many of the factors that worsen this condition are at least partially under your control; In other words, there are several things you should not do if you have reflux.
Do not avoid food unless it causes discomfort.
While it is possible that some doctors advise avoiding acidic foods (such as citrus fruits and tomatoes), spicy foods and coffee, there is little evidence that these foods increase the amount of acid that flows into the esophagus.
If you can eat these foods without discomfort, do it; you do not have to worry about your getting worse from your reflux.
Do not overeat.
While specific foods do not seem to make the situation worse, it does matter how many calories and how much fat you are eating. Research suggests that eating foods that contain more than 500 calories or 20 grams of fat can worsen reflux.
Do not smoke.
In addition to the numerous other health problems that cigarettes cause, smoking can also worsen reflux symptoms.
Smoking reduces the production of saliva, increases stomach acid and irritates the esophagus, all of which can increase your discomfort.
Do not go to bed immediately after eating.
When you lie down after eating, the acid flows more easily into the esophagus. Try to stay upright for at least three hours after eating.
Even if you wait for the suggested three hours before bedtime, the symptoms of reflux may worsen at night. If so, using a leaning pillow on your back can help.
Do not ignore your weight
The risk and severity of this situation tend to increase for those who have higher body weights. This could be related to increased pressure on the stomach or hormonal changes, losing some pounds can often help relieve symptoms.
Do not be afraid of receiving treatment
Many people experience occasional heartburn and do not think much about it once it happens.
But if you realize that you do not leave your home without your antacids or experience heartburn so often that it often keeps you awake at night, consult your doctor about treatments for Reflux. In addition to changes in lifestyle, prescription medications can help relieve symptoms.
These tips to control this condition will help you to lessen the discomfort of the symptoms.
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