Maia Estianty Suffers from GERD until she is rushed to the ER, Lifestyle Changes Can Overcome – Musician Maia Estianty announced that she was rushed to the hospital by Dul Jaelani after experiencing GERD symptoms through an Instagram upload, Friday (25/3/2022).

According to the comments of Maia’s second son, El Rumi, his mother was suspected of having GERD due to the strict diet she was following.

“Oh my gosh, why mom? GERD because of diet? Don’t be too forced on your diet, mommy will be like me at that time, get well soon my mother,” write El Rumi in the comments column.

Lifestyle changes to cope with GERD

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive system disease that occurs when stomach acid flows back into the food passage or esophagus frequently.

Rising stomach acid or reflux due to the muscular valves (sphincters) around the lower part of the esophagus that should close to become weak or abnormally relax.

There are several ways to reduce reflux and prevent esophageal damage from GERD, one of which is changing your lifestyle and diet.

Maia Estianty's post got GERD.  (Instagram/@maiaestiantyreal)
Maia Estianty’s post got GERD. (Instagram/@maiaestiantyreal)

Changes in diet

According to doctors at NYU Langone, launching the official website nyulangone.orgThe first step in reducing GERD is to limit foods that trigger reflux.

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Trigger foods can vary from person to person, but often include chocolate, coffee, fried foods, peppermint, spicy foods, and carbonated drinks.

Lifestyle changes

In addition to changing diet, NYU Langone doctors also suggest lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Avoid lying down for at least two hours after eating or drinking acidic beverages, including caffeinated ones. This prevents reflux.
  • Keep your head high while sleeping. Using an extra pillow or two can also prevent reflux.
  • Eat small, frequent meals each day rather than several large meals. It maintains digestion and prevents heartburn.
  • Wear loose clothing to reduce pressure on the stomach, which can worsen heartburn and reflux.
  • Quit smoking. Because, smoking can increase the production of stomach acid and reduce the function of the lower esophageal sphincter. Smoking can also decrease the amount of saliva, which neutralizes the acids the body produces.
  • Lose excess weight in the middle of the body so that the pressure on the stomach is reduced. This pressure can force some of the contents of the stomach back into the esophagus.