Question of the week: What is GERD?
By Express Features
04th November 2012 12:00 AM
What is GERD and how is it prevented?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or acid reflux disease is a chronic symptom of mucosal damage caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the oesophagus. GERD is usually caused by changes in the barrier between the stomach and the oesophagus. The most-common symptoms of GERD are: heartburn; regurgitation; trouble swallowing. GERD can be prevented by eating smaller meals. It is also important to avoid eating shortly before bedtime. Gaining even a few kilograms increases your risk of heartburn. Avoid acidic and rich foods. Avoid acidic fruit or juices, coffee, tea, onions, chocolate and alcohol.
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