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What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Updated: Aug 29, 2021

GERD is the acronym for gastroesophageal reflux disease which is when the acid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus, typically known as acid reflux or heartburn. Typically, symptoms include a burning pain in the middle of your chest and often occur after a triggering meal, alcohol or in the evenings. Although it is common for experience acid reflux occasionally, some people suffer from this problem regularly.


Suffering an acid reflux attack two or more times a week could be a sign of GERD, a chronic digestive disease that affects between 20 -40 percent of Americans and more the 70 percent of people who have asthma. GERD can also cause bad breath, tooth erosion, nausea, trouble swallowing or breathing. These symptoms tend to be severe and require immediate medical attention.


GERD is a disease that typically can be managed with a low carb or low fodmap diet, minimal alcohol, caffeine, or other acidic and sparkly drinks, maintain a healthy weight and don’t smoke. Starting an elimination diet is the best way to figure out what your individual triggers are. Symptoms typically subside after 2 weeks, but if after 4 weeks symptoms are not noticeably better consult with your doctor about a long-term medication to help relieve.

Remember to always consult a health professional before starting a new diet or medication.


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