Today I would like to share a few facts with you about a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short. GERD occurs when the contents of your stomach pass through your lower esophageal sphincter and back into your esophagus. This causes a painful burning sensation that feels like it’s situated behind your breastbone as it moves up to your throat. For this reason, GERD is more commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn.
Most people only experience GERD occasionally. However, as many as 15 million Americans suffer from it on a daily basis. While there are several factors that play into the development of GERD, there is currently no known cure.
That said, much of the illness can be managed through lifestyle and dietary practices. Why go for drastic treatment methods if all that is required is to limit certain foods in your diet?
With this in mind, below are 5 dietary choices that may be contributing to your GERD related symptoms:
Whether it be a fine wine, beer, or small shots of liquor, alcohol consumption will lower stomach muscle pressure and increase the frequency of GERD symptoms.
Much like alcohol, caffeine makes it easier for stomach contents to move up into your esophagus. The most common culprits are coffee and sodas, although energy drinks can be problematic as well.