Looking for a way to help free yourself of persistent heartburn through lifestyle changes? The answer may lie in your body mass index (BMI), a test of whether your weight is too high. Frequent or persistent heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Symptoms of GERD can increase along with your waistline.

GERD occurs when stomach contents repeatedly flow back (reflux) into the food pipe (esophagus). In addition to heartburn, this can cause other symptoms such as throat irritation, difficulty swallowing, or repeatedly waking up from sleep.


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