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Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

What is GORD?

GORD, is a digestive disease characterised by chronic acid reflux, which occurs when stomach acid flows back into the oesophagus. This can result in inflammation and damage to distal oesophagus and/or stomach.

What are common symptoms of GORD?

Heartburn, acid regurgitation, nausea & vomiting, belching, epigastric pain

What us the treatment of GORD?

This can include lifestyle changes, medication, & occasionally surgical intervention.

Simple lifestyle strategies that can help include:

  • Avoid lying down/going to bed at least 2 hours after eating

  • Opt for small, frequent meals in place large meals

  • Avoid wearing clothes that are tight around the waist

  • Limit ‘trigger’ foods i.e caffeine, alcohol, fried food, citrus fruits, peppermint, chocolate, chilli, tomato products

Diet plays a key role in the management of this conditions, at at times food intolerances such as FODMAPs and Food Chemical Sensitivities can be tiggers. Ensure you see a specialist gastrointestinal dietitian for individualised advice.


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