Lifestyle factors affecting GERD symptoms - Japan study

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Pompadur
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   Posted 5/3/2014 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a couple of things that we can do to improve our situation with GERD maybe...
A Japan study “Lifestyle factors affecting gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms: a cross-sectional study of healthy 19864 adults using FSSG scores” finds two important things:

1) Sleep quality is essential for GERD treating (unfortunately i can’t find exact how long one should sleep in the case of GERD)
It is well-known that nighttime GERD symptoms are the crucial cause of sleep disorders [32,33], but recent studies also suggested that a link between sleep problems and GERD might be bidirectional, for example, due to the influence of sleep stages on esophago-upper esophageal sphincter contractile reflex [34] or due to reinforcing perception of intra-esophageal acid [35]. Therefore, improving quality of sleep might be essential for relieving GERD symptoms.
(maybe that is why melatonin is promising for treating of GERD?)

2) Eating habits – not what you eat, but how you eat!
Accordingly, such dietary habits as the following should be avoided:
1) having dinner a few hours before going to bed (>3 hours),
2) the habit of eating a midnight snack,
3) frequently going without breakfast, and
4) the habit of quick eating.
It should be noteworthy that these four diet-related factors present more significant effects than alcohol or smoking on GERD symptoms.

For me the two main things that is hard to manage is good sleep and early dinner. But i am working hard to improve it.
Alexandra

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 5/5/2014 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Way to put effort into those things, Pompadur, and great post. I think that people get too caught up in "am I eating the right things", "am I doing this" or "am I doing that".

Science has shown that very few things are important, key among them eating well before bedtime, and sleeping on an inclined bed.

A lot of the other recommendations out there are just noise. And people listen, because they want to do what is best for their health. I used to be the same way. But there comes a point when you need to follow the science, and be comfortable with it.

Mouche
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   Posted 5/5/2014 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have change all four of these and it's made a big difference for me especially the quick eating. I have slowed down and have learn to chew my food well and I enjoy it much better and I don't consume as much.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

sunbeam48
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   Posted 5/5/2014 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm surprised that eating smaller more frequent meals isn't mentioned. That makes a big difference for me. It seems logical that putting less in your stomach would reduce pressure on the LES.

Pompadur
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   Posted 5/6/2014 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad that the article seems to be interesting!

sunbeam48, yes, you're right - not a word about smaller meels...maybe big portions just don't exist in Japan? My hubby was in Japan once and he told me that he had been always hungry there.
Alexandra

Hayleybw2
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   Posted 5/6/2014 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I also find stress makes a big impact on my acid reflux symptoms. I agree about slowing down while you eat and taking the time to enjoy each bite as well as not eating while stressed if you can help it. When I feel stressed the acid feeling comes up my digestive system and I feel the burning in my chest.

And I totally agree about eating smaller meals more frequently. It's healthier overall too.


Pompadur, thanks for sharing this with us :)

Mouche
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   Posted 5/6/2014 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Absolutely about the stress, recently I was going through waiting on results from a breast biopsy and then finding out I have to have a lumpectomy on the 13th of May along with dealing with this GERD. It was all starting to get to me and I too know what you mean Haley about feeling the rise of acid in the mist of all that stress.

So I had to do what I do best and that was to pray and not worry anymore, and let me tell you praying about it really helped me. Now I do still have thoughts about the whole situation, but I have found myself being more calmer about it and not stressing myself silly.

I have heard some say stress does not affect GERD, but I disagree with that because I am living proof that it can. :)
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

Pompadur
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   Posted 5/6/2014 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree about stress too... Stress can affect the contructions of the esophagus and stomach thus the whole peristalsis becomes interrupted. It ruins the whole process of digestion and of course it makes GERD worse!

Stress affects everything. Unfortunatelly GERD itself doesn't make us calmier ...
Alexandra
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