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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Awareness Week
Did your Thanksgiving feast leave you with terrible heartburn? Heartburn is a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, and can be a much more serious than the heartburn it can present itself as.
With GERD, the contents of the stomach flow backward into your esophagus which can cause heartburn, pain that feels like an ulcer, difficulty swallowing and regurgitating stomach acid.
GERD can affect your nutritional health by interfering with the digestion of food, the absorption of nutrients and can lead you to not feel like eating at all. A registered dietitian can provide guidelines for meals and snacks to treat GERD such as:
- Eat small, more frequent meals.
- Sit up while you eat and stay upright after you eat.
- Avoid eating within three hours of bedtime.
- Sit down and eat in a calming and relaxing place.
For more information on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, consult a registered dietitian and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips.
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