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Getting rid of GERD

Have you heard of GERD? No, it’s not the name of a stage performer, rather, it stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, also known as “acid reflux”. GERD is a common and serious issue. If you show symptoms of heartburn, regurgitation, or dyspepsia more than twice a week, you might have acid reflux. To lessen your symptoms, avoid food items such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppermint, caffeinated drinks or alcohol, spicy and fatty food, garlic and onions, chocolate, and fried foods.

Additional tips to avoid acid reflux:

  • Eat more plants. Plants are teeming with nutrients and active enzymes. Plants are easy to digest and inhibit acid from building up.
  • Minimize animal products. Most animal products are difficult to digest and require more acid to digest, which is hard on your stomach.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Stop eating before you are “full”. Eat slowly, making sure to chew your food completely.
  • Limit your physical activities to an hour after eating. Laying down, bending, stooping, and other physical activities tend to move your stomach acid around.
  • Stay away from antacids. These are only temporary fixes and your stomach actually produces more acid to overpower them.

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