Losing Weight to Reduce GERD Flare-ups
The GERD Diet and Weight LossFor those who are overweight, a diet for GERD may also include decreasing calories and increasing physical activity to lose weight. Extra weight can put pressure on your stomach and the lower esophageal sphincter, causing it to open and increase acid reflux. By losing weight, you can reduce this pressure, and it may relieve your GERD symptoms.
Diet for GERD: A Summary
For those people with GERD, dietary and other lifestyle changes are usually the first choice of treatment. This includes:
- Eating a heart-healthy diet
- Avoiding foods that make symptoms worse
- Eating smaller meals more often
- Avoiding eating before bedtime.
If you would like more information about what you can eat on a GERD diet, talk with your healthcare provider or nutrition specialist.