(HealthDay News) -- Heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus.
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The American Gastroenterological Association offers these suggestions to help you control heartburn and GERD:
- Skip beverages or foods that tend to trigger heartburn.
- Stick to small meals, and eat at least two to three hours before you lie down.
- Raise the head of your bed about four to six inches.
- Lose any extra pounds.
- Skip tight clothing and exercises that may increase abdominal pressure, such as sit-ups.
- If you're a smoker, quit.
-- Diana Kohnle
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