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What Causes GERD?

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  • Very helpful info. Haven't taken this seriously enough, so I'm dealing with some complications. Time to include this in my goals and planning!
  • I started with Spark People 8 days ago. Was told by my nutritionist to eat whole grain breads and crackers. Have done so faithfully for the 8 days; however, I've noticed I feel lots of uncomfortable heart burn, that I believe is due to the whole grains. Anyone know if this can be the cause and what should I do to avoid it? Thanks in advance!
    I have been diagnosed with GERD for a couple of years. Basically from eating too quickly and not allowing proper digestion.
    I did not want to use the medications recommended. I made a couple of simple changes that have dramatically helped;
    1/ Eat slowly. Allow digestion to take place
    2/ Reduce use of all antacids. Build up the natural stomach acids.
    3/ Restrict coffee.
    4/ THIS IS THE BIGGIE! EAT WATERMELON- juice, slices whatever-- but eat it every day! It restricts the episodes and severity. I used to have GERD every night- now maybe twice a month-- and am way happier. For personal info.
    I am a male; 60 years old; very fit. exercise 2 hours a day and don't eat much meat. Just eat too quickly!
  • I had GERD with severe regurgitation since I was about four years old. Last year I finally had surgery to correct this and I am so much better now. Aspiration pneumonia and pulmonary fibrosis were also risk factors for me. I had voice trouble and chronic asthma because of it. I was a small kid when I first started having I don't know how I got it. Lifestyle issues obviously weren't the reason.
  • Wow...this article really helped me, especially the esophagus info.
    This article was of benefit to me--I learned that my food does not cause it! Thank you.

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