Nearly 19 million Americans are affected by acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, which is characterized by heartburn occurring two or more days a week despite treatment and diet changes.
Here is some helpful information about acid reflux disease:
Acid reflux disease can occur in both men and women, with varying severity of the disease among patients.
Lifestyle modifications are part of a treatment plan to help manage a patient's acid reflux disease.
Avoid common trigger foods, such as fried or fatty foods, citrus foods, onions and tomato-based foods as well as alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated drinks, chocolate, peppermint and spearmint.
Maintain a healthy body weight.
Eat small, frequent meals rather than large amounts of food at one time.
Try not to wear tight-fitting clothing around your waist.
Elevate the head of your bed 6-8 inches.
Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional.