Occasional acid reflux, or heartburn, is fairly common. But when it graduates to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—reflux that involves a more significant amount of acid, occurs at least twice per week and interferes with daily life—the pain and inconvenience may be too much to “just deal with.”
As many as one in five Americans experiences symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)—cramping, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, constipation. And yet just 15 percent seek help, meaning the majority of people with IBS suffer silently. You don’t have to be one of them.
For reduction of classic acid reflux symptoms, your doctor may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications, but they do not stop the reflux from occurring. Diet and lifestyle changes can have a big impact when it comes to helping you feel better.