Gastroesophageal reflux, also know sometimes as silent reflux is the return of he stomach's contents back up into the esophagus. The lower esophageal sphincter opens allowing food back up.
2. Bump up your fiber intake. There is evidence that the increased fiber helps food to bind in your stomach keeping it from refluxing. And, fiber will help you feel fuller on less calories. It's doubly good!
3. Lose weight if you need to lose weight. The increased weight around your stomach will put pressure on your stomach making it much easier for the food to come back up into your esophagus. If you haven't noticed yet, all of these techniques have the added benefit of helping you to drop some weight.
4. Get some exercise. Walking, moving, activity: all of it, firstly, keeps you in an upright position which, due to gravity, helps keep food down. Also, losing weight will decrease heartburn.
5. Stress is a contributing factor.
6. Decrease your caffeine intake. There is now acid-free coffee!
7. Decrease you alcohol intake. Everything in moderation
8. Stop smoking.
9. Sleep propped up.
10. Finally, if you can't avoid GERD with these techniques, get yourself on some acid reducers, such as Pantoprazol. They are mostly safe and have relatively few and minor side effects.
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