The best way to prevent heartburn/GORD is to
establish what triggers the problem and to eliminate or avoid the causes where
This can be complicated by the fact that different people can suffer
from heartburn for completely separate reasons, though it is usually due to a
combination of the below factors.
Read: What is GORD?
Keeping a diary or making notes of what triggers
your heartburn may be useful as over time you will be able to identify the
specific activities or combinations that are likely to trigger an attack.
You can help prevent or relieve heartburn by taking
the following measures:
- Try to lose weight if you are
- Avoid going to bed with a full
- Don’t eat too much. Also eat more
slowly and chew your food properly.
- Don’t wear clothes that constrict
- Stop smoking.
- Avoid fatty foods.
- Avoid foods and beverages that may
trigger your symptoms, e.g. onions, tomatoes, citrus, coffee, alcohol. Any food
that is obviously acidic is likely to exacerbate your problems.
- Try not to use over-the-counter
medications that may cause heartburn, e.g. aspirin.
- If you find that your symptoms are
worse when lying down, raise the head of your bed by about 15 cm using pillows
or other sleep aids.
Causes of GORD
Symptoms of GORD?
Risk factors of GORD
Previously reviewed by Dr Ganief Adams, Gastroenterologist, MBChB (UCT), FCP (SA)
Reviewed by Dr Jenny Edge, General Surgeon, BSc, MB BS, FRCS (Edin), M Med (Stell.)