8 Tips To Reduce GORD SymptomsSeptember 14 2017
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) occurs when stomach acid leaks from the stomach and moves up into the oesophagus (food pipe). This is also known as ‘reflux’. Acid refluxing into the oesophagus is a normal bodily function, but it becomes GORD when it leads to physical complications or symptoms which impact on a person’s well-being or quality of life.
Heartburn is a common symptom of acid reflux and GORD. You may develop a burning sensation in your stomach or chest after eating a full meal or certain foods. GERD can also cause vomiting or regurgitation as acid moves into your oesophagus. Other symptoms include a dry cough, sore throat, bloating, burping, hiccups, difficulty swallowing, and a lump in the throat.
Despite these, you can still manage GORD symptoms with lifestyle changes such as the following:
- Take antacids and other medications that reduce acid production.
- Chew gum that isn’t peppermint or spearmint flavored.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Remain upright for at least two hours after eating.
- Don’t eat 3 to 4 hours before bed.
- Stop smoking.
- Raise the head of your bed 4 to 6 inches to reduce reflux symptoms while sleeping.