Do you ever get the feeling of pain in your chest ?
Do you ever get the feeling that something is stuck in your throat? It may be so painful that it could make you want to regurgitate that pizza you ate an hour or so ago? Sometimes, this can be a sign of a serious problem. But in most cases, you’re probably getting a visit from GERD.
GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or acid reflux, and usually happens after eating a meal. When food is swallowed, stomach acid moves back into the esophagus because the muscular valve, called low esophageal sphincter, did not close properly or opened at the wrong time. This might be the reason for the burning sensation.
So how do you prevent it from happening to you? The regular advice people always give is to make healthy life choices. We know, it’s difficult—especially if you love food. But you do need to heal your esophagus to avoid reflux symptoms.
Types of foods to avoid while you have GERD:
- Acidic fruit: this is a given. Sorry for apple-lovers. They are listed as acidic.
- Spicy food: sorry, no more sriracha! Hot spices can be aggravating when you have acid reflux. Intake spices less or moderately.
- Avocados: shocking, right? Avocados have natural fats that are usually healthy for your body. It’s a good alternative for dairy to those with mild reflux. Unfortunately, to those who have it more severe, stay low on the guacamole.
Keep in mind you don’t have to get rid of all foods. But watching what you eat is recommended if you don’t want to damage your esophagus. It may cause other problems.
A few life choices that may help while you have GERD:
- Elevating your head while sleeping: it’s best not to lie down after eating. Rather, stack pillows for you to rest whiling sitting up. Researchers have found out that it helps with draining out the acid.
- Having frequent feedings: meals usually trigger acid reflux because you consume a lot of food. If you have severe reflux it’s recommended to eat small meals. At least you know you won’t go hungry.
- Don’t wear tight clothing: tight clothing around the midsection of your body can press against your stomach and force the acid to go back up. You don’t want chest pain, do you?
These are just a few tips to help prevent GERD and heartburn. Though, it’s best to get diagnosed by a doctor to determine if you have GERD or something else.