Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Lifestyle changes can ease symptoms of GERD, which may underlie Barrett's esophagus. Consider:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Avoiding tightfitting clothes, which can put pressure on your abdomen and aggravate reflux.
  • Eliminating foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Avoiding stooping or bending, especially soon after eating.
  • Avoiding lying down after eating. Wait at least three hours after eating to lie down or go to bed.
  • Raising the head of your bed. Place wooden blocks under your bed to elevate your head. Aim for an elevation of 6 to 8 inches. Raising your head by using only pillows isn't a good alternative.
Aug. 07, 2014

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