How Can I Help My Heartburn Or Reflux?

If you have chronic heartburn or reflux, you know how uncomfortable the burning sensation can be. Heartburn happens when the acids in your stomach creep back up into the esophagus. It’s very important to seek medical help if you have heartburn more than 2 times per week. Chronic reflux could be a sign of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which cannot be treated with over-the-counter medications.

OTC medications may mask symptoms for a short time, but they do not really treat the underlying problem. Your doctor will help you decide on a plan to relieve your reflux. This could include a trial and error approach with your diet. There are certain foods that aggravate reflux and also foods that can help calm symptoms.

Examples of things to stay away from:

  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Chocolate
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Coffee
  • Beer
  • Tomatoes
  • Jams or jellies
  • Peanut butter

Foods that may help alleviate acid reflux:

  • Ginger
  • Oatmeal
  • Raw spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Lentils
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Licorice root

The most important thing to remember is not to self-treat your chronic heartburn. GERD can lead to Esophageal Cancer. The doctors at Vanguard Gastro specialize in diagnosing and treating reflux. You can call us.

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