Disease Protection

Esophageal Reflux Disease

Contrary to popular belief, there is no reason to avoid citrus fruits if you suffer from Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, also known as GERD. According to a study conducted by Stanford University and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (May, 2006), there's insufficient evidence to support the notion that eating citrus or other acidic foods will make heartburn worse-or that cutting them out will make it go away. For those suffering from Esophageal Reflux Disease, Dr. Heber of UCLA Center for Human Nutrition suggests the following tips:

  • Sleep with your head elevated
  • Avoid eating within three hours of sleeping
  • Avoid high fat/spicy meals
  • Maintain a healthy weight