7 Daily Habits That Can Halt Heartburn
Over-the-counter antacids and prescription medications are the most common treatments for GERD. In the most severe cases, surgery may even be required. But regardless of how bad your GERD symptoms are, successfully fighting heartburn and acid reflux also requires some changes in lifestyle, ranging from the food you eat to the clothes you wear.
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Don't drink alcohol
Alcohol is a bad idea for most people with GERD, especially if you drink too much, or on a regular basis.
Alcohol relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter, which lets stomach acid creep into the esophagus.
A 1999 study in the American Journal of Medicine found that the percentage of people reporting reflux symptoms increased with the number of drinks consumed weekly. Those who quaffed more than seven drinks per week were the most likely to have heartburn.
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