Hi friends! Today we are going to talk about GERD, also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease, and/or known colloquially as “acid reflux” and/or “heartburn.” Specifically, we are going to discuss what GERD is, and how to manage it, including what to eat and avoid when you have GERD. This is an issue that impacts a lot of people (up to one in ten adults!), so if you experience GERD, I hope you find this post useful!
GERD is something I’ve had since undergrad. It can be super distracting and inconvenient at times, so if you suffer from it, know that I see you, I feel you, and I want to help provide you with up-to-date information on how to manage your symptoms and avoid any potential long-term or dangerous complications!
Read on for more about what to eat and avoid when you have GERD!
*Disclaimer: As always, this is general information intended for healthy adults. Your needs may vary based on medical status, lifestyle, or life-stage. Please never replace generalized health information you’ve read online with individualized clinical care.
What is GERD? What causes GERD?
GERD stands for Gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD occurs when acid and other contents from your stomach are not properly contained in the stomach; rather, they creep up into the esophagus, causing ‘reflux,’ or irritation to the esophagus.
In most individuals, a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter, found at the bottom of the esophagus/entrance of the stomach, is able to tightly contain acid and other stomach contents by opening to allow food to enter the stomach from the esophagus, and keeping closed most of the rest of the time.
However, the lower esophageal sphincter can become loose or open from time to time, allowing stomach contents to reflux into the esophagus and cause irritation, or GERD.…