(HealthDay News) -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when what's inside your stomach backs up into the esophagus. This may trigger an unpleasant taste in the mouth and a burning sensation in the chest or throat, commonly called heartburn.
The National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse says these lifestyle changes may help prevent GERD symptoms:
- Stop smoking.
- Don't drink or eat anything that you know triggers your GERD symptoms.
- Lose any excess weight.
- Eat small meals several times a day.
- Wear clothes that fit loosely.
- Don't lie down for at least three hours after you eat.
- Lift the head of your bed 6 inches to 8 inches higher than the foot of the bed.
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