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We're only a few days from Thanksgiving, and you're probably ready for the possibility of heartburn and acid reflux. But some people get acid reflux much more frequently, and GERD Awareness Week is dedicated to educating people about it. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition involving persistent acid reflux over a longer period of time.
Both GERD as well as infrequent acid reflux or indigestion are common, although influenced by diet and lifestyle:
Whether you suffer from GERD or just want to avoid the pain of heartburn, there are a number of steps you can take. The easiest, and most directly relevant to the upcoming holidays, is to limit your intake of certain foods and drinks that contribute to acid reflux. Among these are:
For a convenient visual guide, take a look at this special chart detailing what foods to choice and what foods to avoid to alleviate GERD symptoms.
You probably see most of your holiday meal on this list, but there's no reason to despair: many holiday favorites, such as turkey, chicken, fish, vegetables, and non-citrus fruits are not only safe, but may help manage reflux symptoms. Particularly important is increasing your fiber intake, which helps fight GERD symptoms and has a host of other benefits, including helping to control blood sugar, reducing cholesterol, and preventing hemorrhoids and other bowel issues.
Are you looking to reduce your indigestion, heartburn, gas, and reflux? Visit Mountainside Medical Equipment to make this Thanksgiving more bearable, and click this link to visit our heartburn and acid reflux product collection!