Most of us have experienced heart burn. Heart burn is also called acid-reflux disease or gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD). It is caused by an increased production of acid in the stomach and by the relaxation of the valve at the base of the esophagus called the esophageal sphincter which allows acid to move up the esophagus.
Common Foods to avoid:
Caffeinated beverages (Coffee, tea and soda) (caffeinated and decaffeinated)
Alcohol (Beer, wine and liquor)
Foods with high fat content including milk
Tomatoes (including ketchup)
Activities to avoid:
Eating large meals
Eating within 3 hours of going to bed
Eating within 3 hours of exercising
Drinking sports drinks during exercise-stick to plain water
If you suffer from heart burn, try to avoid the above items. Keep a journal of your diet and activity and when your symptoms occur. If you do not see improvement, discuss medication options with your doctor. If you are not getting relief with avoiding the above food and activities and mediations, you may be a candidate for a surgical procedure to control your symptoms.
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