Every year, during the week of Thanksgiving, the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders promotes GERD Awareness week. This week was chosen because it is the start of the holiday season, a time of year when people tend to eat more than they normally do. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder (GERD ) is a disease that occurs when the contents of the stomach flow backwards into the esophagus and cause a burning sensation. One of the consequences of overeating is heartburn, a side effect of GERD.
GERD can be controlled by following these tips:
• Don’t eat meals late at night
• Avoid fatty foods like chips, dips and cheeses
• Remain active and exercise whenever possible
• Do not smoke
• Keep away from citrus juices that tend to be acidic
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Keep away from fried foods
• Limit desserts especially those containing chocolate
• Try to stay awake for at least three hours after a large meal
• Avoid caffeinated beverages
GERD can be treated with medication and by changes in eating habits. If you would like to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist at Jamaica Hospital, please call 718-206-6742.
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