Everyday Gastroenterology: Beating Acid Reflux

Everyday Gastroenterology: Beating Acid Reflux

Everyday Gastroenterology: Beating Acid Reflux

We’ve all experienced heartburn every once in a while, but for some of us, “every once in a while” quickly turns into “every day, at every meal.” When acid reflux becomes a regular visitor, it’s time to buckle down and get the facts so that you can eat in peace!

Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a difficult thing to manage, simply because it is a little different for everyone. Some people notice that certain foods cause more common and more severe heartburn while other people can eat the same food without any issue. However, it is important to find ways to manage acid reflux; the truth is that frequent heartburn can cause various other heath problems over time–all thanks to that burning and uncomfortable acid, of course. Our opens in a new windowGastroenterology experts have seen plenty of cases of acid reflux. Here are some to tips to managing it.

Advice From Experts

Looking for answers to your heartburn woes? Here’s a quick look!

  • Diagnosis. It’s crucial to get an official diagnosis of your acid reflux before taking any serious steps. A Gastroenterology expert will be able to advise you on your unique needs and challenges, as well as which foods to avoid and which medications may increase the risk or intensity of acid reflux.
  • Lifestyle changes. To minimize the effects of heartburn is to make a few lifestyle changes. For example, a healthy diet and a bit of regular exercise can make huge differences; similarly, do not eat your last meal less than three hours before going to bed and eat smaller meals rather than a three large ones. If possible, even more importantly, don’t use tobacco.
  • Medication. Another possible treatment for frequent heartburn is medication (although medication is not nearly as useful if not backed up with lifestyle changes). Symptoms, however mild, can usually be managed with over-the-counter meds, while more intense heartburn might require a prescription from your gastroenterologist.

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