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Worried Sick

Azriela Jaffe

Are your ears ringing or your feet constantly cold? Wondering if it’s a cause for alarm or a minor problem you can brush off? A variety of common health issues explored and explained.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Your GI Tract Don’t worry: Minor Reflux 
Reflux is a common problem that affects millions of Americans on a daily basis. Often described as heartburn and indigestion, reflux is the presence of gastric (stomach) acid in the esophagus. Severity of symptoms varies between individuals, from mild and occasional symptoms to severe, constant, and sometimes debilitating symptoms that interfere with activities of daily living and affect quality of life.Many of us have habits that promote reflux, such as eating large meals, eating late at night, or eating the wrong foods. However, reflux in and of itself is typically not dangerous and can be successfully managed with dietary modifications and medications.To start, avoid foods and beverages that contain caffeine, such as soda, coffee, and tea. Skipping fried and fatty foods, as well as chocolate and dairy products, will often be very beneficial.Minor symptoms of reflux such as the occasional heartburn or abdominal discomfort after eating do not typically warrant the use of medical diagnostic procedures such as an endoscopy (EGD) or radiological abdominal imaging techniques (X-rays and sonography).Essentially, healthy eating promotes healthy living.

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