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Dr.Rajesh Upadhyay shares his views on GERD

The doctor explains how an unhealthy lifestyle could trigger GERD and how to prevent it

Published: Mar 29, 2023 01:13:52 PM IST
Updated: Mar 31, 2023 11:20:54 AM IST

Dr.Rajesh Upadhyay shares his views on GERDGastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower  esophageal sphincter (LES), the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach  characterized by the backflow of stomach acids in the esophagus. In most cases, GERD can be relieved through diet and lifestyle changes; however, some people may require medication or  surgery.

To prevent GERD  

  • Instead of eating three large meals a day, cut your eating pattern into small frequent food  portions.
  • Take smaller bites. Chew your food thoroughly before swallowing.  
  • Gravity plays a vital role in controlling reflux. Maintaining an upright posture until the  meal is digested may prevent heartburn.  
  • If heartburn occurs regularly at night, consider raising the head of the bed or inserting a  triangular wedge to keep your esophagus above the stomach.
  • Don't lie down within 2 hours of eating.
The first step is to reduce your daily calorie intake. Reducing foods high in fat can help reduce  calories while decreasing the risk of GERD. Food items like fried, greasy food, whole milk dairy  product, chocolate, alcohol, spicy food, citrus foods, carbonated drinks, and tobacco should be  avoided. Exercise and reducing weight can be especially helpful for people with GERD. Walking  after a meal helps in calorie burning and digestion. This way, you are less likely to lie down after  a meal and risk further stomach acid reflux.
TO “Guard against GERD”, you and your doctor will determine the course of treatment for your  GERD. Alterations to one's diet and lifestyle are usually sufficient to treat GERD, although  medication or surgery may be necessary for extreme situations. Even yet, it is vital to be aware  of the pitfalls and learn to avoid them.

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