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The GERD Diet and Weight Loss

For 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 this may relieve your symptoms of GERD.


For those people with GERD, diet and other lifestyle changes are usually the first choice of treatment. These lifestyle changes include:
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet
  • Avoiding foods that worsen symptoms
  • Avoiding eating before bedtime
  • Eating smaller meals more often.
If you would like more information about a diet for your particular situation, talk with your healthcare provider or nutrition specialist.
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