Overview

We all get heartburn after eating every so often. But if you have that painful, burning sensation in your chest on a regular basis, you might have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It’s also called acid reflux disease.

What are GERD risk factors?

You’re at a higher risk for GERD if you:

You can aggravate GERD if you:

  • smoke
  • eat large meals
  • eat close to bedtime
  • eat fatty or fried foods
  • drink coffee
  • drink tea
  • drink alcohol
  • use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin

acid reflux irritates the lining of your esophagus. People often feel symptoms 30 minutes to 2 hours after eating.

Medicinal causes

Certain medications can cause GERD symptoms, such as:

pressure on your abdomen.
  • Stop smoking. Here’s some apps that can help.
  • Let gravity help: Elevate the head of your bed 6 to 9 inches.
  • Wait a minimum of three hours after eating before lying down or going to bed.
  • Avoid clothes that fit tightly around your waist.
  • Avoid drugs such as aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Instead, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain.
  • Take all medications with extra water.
  • Ask your doctor if newly prescribed medications will worsen your GERD.
  • adjustment is to increase your fiber intake and avoid the following foods:

    • citrus fruits
    • citrus juices
    • tomato products
    • greasy, fried foods
    • caffeine
    • mints
    • carbonated beverages
    • spicy foods
    • garlic and onions
    • chocolate
    • margarine
    • butter
    • oils
    • full-fat dairy (including sour cream, cheese, and whole milk)
    • alcoholic beverages

    Eating habits

    You can work to reduce the impact of GERD on your life by not only adjusting what you eat, but also the way you eat:

    • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
    • Eat your food slowly and chew it thoroughly.
    • Practice good posture. While eating, sit upright. Avoid bending over or reaching below your waist for an hour after meals.
    • Avoid eating before bedtime. Wait at least three hours after eating to lie down or go to bed.
    • Watch for trigger foods that appear to encourage your GERD symptoms.