Lifestyle & Behavior

Chewing away Heartburn

Acid reflux is one of the most common ailments experienced by adults in the United States. While some are lucky to only feel the pain of heartburn every once in a while, millions of US adults have symptoms of the condition more than once a week. [Read more]

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Dealing with GERD: Symptom Solutions

GERD is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. Gastroesophageal reflux disease happens when the door that separates the stomach from the esophagus becomes weakened or damaged. This door is called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. It is designed to close as soon as food moves from your esophagus into your stomach, but if it moves too slow, or if it doesn’t shut all the way, then digestive juices like stomach acid will flow into the esophagus and cause the burning sensation you know as heartburn. [Read more]

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Can a Drink of Water Wash Away GERD Symptoms?

The inside of your stomach is a highly acidic environment; at rest, it hovers around a pH of 2. When this acid escapes into the esophagus, the result is painful heartburn. Can a drink of water put out the fire? [Read more]

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Tobacco Use and GERD

Tobacco use may cause acid reflux and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a medical condition that may cause an uncomfortable burning sensation beneath the breastbone and may even cause long-lasting tissue damage. [Read more]

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Exercising and GERD

Exercising is one of the best ways to improve your health. However, certain medical problems, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), may be aggravated by exercise. [Read more]

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Breathing Exercises for GERD

To avoid the potential complications associated with GERD it is important to seek treatment for your symptoms. Generally treatment for GERD involves over the counter medications such as antacids, prescription medications such as proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers and lifestyle changes. Sometimes, home remedies such as aloe, slippery elm, chewing gum or licorice are said to be beneficial and can also be used to relieve symptoms. [Read more]

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Home Remedies for GERD

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is frequent and sometimes chronic heartburn that can be painful, disruptive and potentially serious if not properly treated. Without treatment, the acid being pushed up from your stomach will not only cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, but could also lead to further health complications such as: [Read more]

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Sleep Habits for Acid Reflux

If you have acid reflux disease, you know that getting a good night’s rest can sometimes be difficult. In fact, if you experience heartburn, you’re likely to have sleep-related difficulties including insomnia, daytime fatigue, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea. [Read more]

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Chew Gum to Ease Heartburn

Though gum may not seem useful for anything but blowing bubbles and freshening breath, it can actually be a valuable tool for those who suffer from acid reflux. Research shows that a humble stick of chewing gum can go a long way in relieving the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), making it a potentially potent remedy to anyone who experiences regular acid reflux and heartburn. [Read more]

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Feeling the Heartburn

If bending down to do a push-up causes more of a burn in your chest than it does in your arms, you may be dealing with exercise-induced heartburn. This type of heartburn and acid reflux feels the same as other flare-ups of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but what triggers the onset of symptoms is much different. [Read more]

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