Wilmington, DE–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–August 9, 2006–Acid reflux disease affects 6.1 million Hispanics many of whom are familiar with the symptoms of acid reflux, but do not know that these symptoms may be part of a potentially more serious medical problem and should be discussed with your doctor.
Acid reflux disease is often mistaken for occasional heartburn because frequent, persistent heartburn is the most common symptom of the disease. However, unlike occasional heartburn, the heartburn associated with acid reflux disease usually occurs persistently for 2 or more days a week.
In addition to taking medications, there are many lifestyle changes to help control your symptoms. Below please find some helpful lifestyle tips for those who suffer from acid reflux.
Practice a healthy lifestyle
— Avoid smoking.
— Smoking relaxes your LES, letting stomach acid leak up into your esophagus.
Watch your weight.
— Extra body weight causes extra pressure on your stomach, which can irritate your symptoms.
Get a great night’s sleep
— Heartburn can strike when you least expect it even when you’re asleep.
Elevate your bed or torso.
— Elevating the head of your bed at least six inches or placing a foam wedge under your torso may help keep stomach juices from rising up into your esophagus.
Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime.
— When you lie down within three hours of eating, the acid that’s working to digest your food may flow up into your esophagus and cause heartburn.
Stay in shape without aggravating your symptoms
— Exercise is an important part of a healthy life, and there are ways you can stay in shape and avoid heartburn at the same time.
Avoid certain types of exercise; exercises that involve lying down or bending over, such as sit-ups and weight lifting, make it easier for acid to back up into the esophagus and cause heartburn. Active exercises such as rowing and cycling can also trigger heartburn, because they increase pressure on the stomach and can force acid up into the esophagus.
Wear loose clothing: Tight-fitting clothes put extra pressure on your stomach and can contribute to your symptoms.
Anyone can develop acid reflux disease, although the risk for developing acid reflux disease increases with age. Learning about the symptoms in addition to consultations with your doctor, can help you take control of the disease and prevent it from turning into a more serious condition. For more information on acid reflux and treatment please call 1-866-271-7278.