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5 Lifestyle Tips for GERD Sufferers

        Health | GERD

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Pay Attention
The first step to fighting GERD is finding out what triggers yours.
The first step to fighting GERD is finding out what triggers yours.
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If you suffer from GERD, one of the first changes you can make to your lifestyle is to start paying attention to it. While most of us go through our lives oblivious to why we feel the way we do at different points in the day, GERD sufferers can't afford this luxury of blissful ignorance.

Take notes as if you're a detective working on a case. Write down what's going when you experience heartburn. Is it daytime or nighttime? Did it happen shortly after you consumed alcohol or smoked a cigarette? Does heartburn strike after meals? If so, what kind?

As you keep notes, you may begin to notice patterns of behaviors that strongly contribute to heartburn. To catch the primary culprit, eliminate foods and activities that are known to contribute to GERD and then, after several days have passed, bring those foods and activities back into your routine one by one, while paying close attention to your behaviors and symptoms. When the burn returns, you've nabbed the perp.

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