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What lifestyle changes can help you prevent heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

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These lifestyle changes can help prevent heartburn and GERD:

  • Eat smaller meals, and avoid snacking before bedtime.
  • Raise the head of your bed by 6 inches.
  • Cut back on fatty and acidic foods, alcohol, chocolate, peppermint, and coffee.
  • If you smoke, stop
  • If you are overweight, weight loss will help
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes

From: Complications of Heartburn and GERD WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

American Gastroenterological Association: “Heartburn & GERD.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in adults.”

Gaude, G. , July-September, 2009. Annals of Thoracic Medicine

Ranjitkar, S. , December 2012. International Journal of Dentistry

University of Maryland Medical Center: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Esophagitis.”

University of Minnesota Medical Center: “Esophageal ulcer.”

Oral Cancer Foundation: “Esophageal stricture.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

The University of Chicago Medicine: “Barrett’s esophagus.”

American Cancer Society: “Esophagus cancer.”

Pace, F. , June 2008. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Cleveland Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 05, 2018

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