Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a medical condition where stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. It can cause a number of varying symptoms depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. Most commonly, a person suffering from GERD experiences heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion in Dallas. However, there are a variety of other symptoms that also frequently develop as a result of the disease, including chest pain, asthma and trouble swallowing.
One symptom that frustrates many GERD patients is bloating. Bloating is caused by a buildup of fluids in the abdomen that causes an individual to carry around excess weight. There are a number of ways to prevent bloating as a result of GERD:
• Create a food diary. Bloating frequently indicates intolerance to certain foods. Use a food diary to keep track of the times you feel bloated, including what you ate.
• Take digestive enzymes. By taking digestive enzymes approximately 30 minutes before eating you can help your stomach digest food more easily by reducing gas in your digestive tract.
• Avoid gas-producing foods. Foods, such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and beans produce gas, which may lead to excessive stomach bloating, particularly in people who have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
• Chew slowly. Eating slowly will prevent you from inhaling excess air when swallowing your food.
• Avoid carbonated beverages. Instead, drink water alone or with your meals. Further, do not drink through a straw, which can cause you to swallow air as you drink.
• Take an over-the-counter (OTC) anti-bloating medication. Some OTC medications are specifically designed to reduce gas and bloating. Speak with your acid reflux physician about medications for your bloating that will not interfere with your acid reflux treatment plan.