You're in your doctor's office. They informed me that you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. So if you reflect upon some of the things that we've talked about, what are some baseline treatments? Well, we always ask the patient to do some lifestyle modifications. Do some things for yourself. So exercise, watch the amount of food that you consume and the types of food that you consume. You might want to avoid greasy or fatty foods, alcoholic beverages. It's always a good thing to avoid a cigarette smoking. I would suggest that you not consume a large snack or a meal within two hours of going to bed or assuming a reclining position. Antacid medications, which will minimize, to a great extent, the amount of acid present in your stomach. Therefore, if you happen to have an episode of reflux, the likelihood of you experiencing heartburn and or some injurious effect to your esophagus will be greatly minimized.
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