Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is characterized by a sour taste in the mouth, a burning feeling in the chest and throat, and the sensation of food regurgitation. The symptoms of GERD can be troubling; and unfortunately, they can also lead to serious health complications if left untreated. A physician at your community hospital may recommend addressing the symptoms of GERD through lifestyle changes, such as dietary modifications.
Adjusting the Way You Eat
Making dietary changes to alleviate the symptoms of GERD involves much more than simply changing your food choices. You can also find relief of symptoms by changing how you eat. For example, you can avoid lying down within three hours of a meal, since this facilitates the back flow of stomach acid. You can also eat your meals more slowly, avoid slouching while eating, and consume a moderate amount of food.
Tracking Your Food Intake
The physician at your community hospital may recommend keeping a food journal for a couple of weeks. This can help you pinpoint which particular foods may trigger your symptoms . For best results, make a note of when you ate a particular food and write down what your symptoms were.
Avoiding Your Trigger Foods
Once you’ve identified your trigger foods, you can develop a healthy meal plan that excludes them. Different patients may have different trigger foods. However, GERD symptoms are commonly worsened by foods that are fried and high in fat, as well as spicy foods. Other trigger foods may include onions, peppermint, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and chocolate. You may also notice that certain beverages make your symptoms worse, such as alcohol, coffee, carbonated beverages, and citrus juices.
The Heartburn Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center was the first in Las Vegas to perform the LINX System, which is the only FDA-approved treatment for GERD. Our community hospital also offers our neighbors stroke care, urgent care, and heart care. For more information about our healthcare services or to request a physician referral, call (702) 233-5300.