Some simple measures can decrease the frequency of symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux and heartburn or heartburn in adults.
After eating dinner, wait 1 hour before going to bed or performing any activity that requires great physical effort.
Avoid some positions – Avoid tilting the chest down.
Avoid too tight clothing or belts at the abdomen.
It is important to elevate your upper body while sleeping. To do this you can place a brick under each leg of the headboard.
Avoid foods that may cause reflux
Avoid foods that support the emergence of a burning or heartburn.
Various foods and beverages represent risk factors for Gastroesophageal reflux.
Chocolate also causes the sphincter muscle to relax.
Milk – Fat, protein and calcium in milk further stimulate gastric acidity.
Foods that are high in fat
These foods increase stomach acid secretions. These foods are: butter, cheese, sausages, sauces, cakes.
The acidity of citrus (orange, lemon, grapefruit) increases the acidity of gastric juice.
Mint – Peppermint promotes relaxation of the sphincter muscle. For this reason, also favors the occurrence of gastroesophageal reflux.
Tomatoes, Onion – The onion irritates the lining of the esophagus which increases stomach acid.
Spices – Spices irritate the lining of the esophagus.
Some beverages -
Some drinks may increase gastroesophageal reflux.
Avoid fizzy drinks because they increase the risk of gastroesophageal reflux to cause flatulence.
Wine, beer and other beverages with high alcohol content contribute to the relaxation of the sphincter muscle which increases the risk of gastroesophageal reflux.
This risk is even greater when these drinks are consumed on an empty stomach or empty stomach.
It recomeded to avoid alcohol and snuff.
Coffee and tea – These drinks relax the sphincter muscle which causes the appearance of reflux symptoms (heartburn or heartburn) and irritation of the lining of the esophagus.
Smaller Meals - It is better to eat moderately several times a day instead of eating too much at night.
Control your weight – Being overweight can increase the risk of heartburn.
Manage stress and playing sports
Manage stress and some sports are two essential measures to prevent the occurrence of heartburn.
Severe symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux
Pain during swallowing.
Hoarse voice that makes speech difficult.
Recurrent dry cough that causes extreme fatigue.
Severe stomach pain accompanied by vomiting.
Blood in the stool.
Coughing up blood.
When the person who presents a picture of gastroesophageal reflux is not treated, complications such as irritation of the lining of the esophagus. This irritation causes an inflammation of the esophagus or esophagitis.
Esophagitis may cause further complications such as an ulcer, difficulty swallowing, a constriction of the lower esophagus (peptic stricture) and, less frequently, a cancer of the esophagus.
It is essential to know and recognize these serious symptoms that require medical attention.