Self-management

Lifestyle and home remedies

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

  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Eliminating foods and drinks that trigger your heartburn, such as chocolate, coffee, alcohol and mint.
  • Stopping smoking.
  • Raising the head of your bed. Place wooden blocks under your bed to elevate your head.
July 13, 2017
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