GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD is an infection of the esophagus caused by an increase of the amount of acid in the stomach. Treating this disease is done with medication and diet.

The diet aims to lessen the stimulation of the esophagus and improve the mechanisms of the lower esophageal valve to reduce the frequency of the reflux. Each case is unique however there are some ways that work in reducing reflux:

  • Eat at least two hour before going to sleep; avoid eating close to bedtime
  • Elevate the head of the bed
  • Drink small amounts during meals; drink larger amounts in between meals
  • Avoid drinking orange juice, coffee, tea (mint, peppermint and spearmint) and carbonated drinks
  • Avoid fatty foods
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Avoid tomatoes and chocolate, smoking and alcohol
  • Try to chew slowly
  • Make sure to include smaller snacks in between larger meals
  • Oatmeal can help reduce symptoms