Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Try a little licorice
Support mucous-membrane healing by chewing 250 to 500 mg of deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) before meals and bedtime.
- Kick unhealthy habits
Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol to ease irritation that could lead to cancer of the esophagus.
- Uncover the irritants
Experiment with your diet to find out what triggers the discomfort; high-fat foods, spicy foods, peppermint, spearmint, chocolate, and acidic beverages are all potential culprits.
- Schedule your meals
Avoid eating prior to exercise and right before bedtime to reduce symptoms.
- Slim down
Aim for a healthy weight to reduce your risk of developing GERD.
- Don’t overdo alcohol
Avoid excessive alcohol use that weakens the esophageal sphincter and increases the risk of GERD symptoms.
- Address your stress
To reduce the impact of stress on GERD risk, find a program that includes group counseling, instruction in coping skills, relaxation training, and other helpful techniques for stress reduction.
- Keep your kid smoke-free
Avoid exposing your infant child to secondhand smoke, as it has been linked with GERD.
- Check your child for allergies
See a health professional to find out if your infant child has allergies to milk or other proteins that can increase the risk of GERD.
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