Heartburn, acid reflux, continual coughing and an ever-present sore throat can all be symptomatic of GERD. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease, and it’s a chronic digestive condition that affects 15 – 30% of the US population. November 19-25 is GERD awareness week. To honor the designation, here’s a look at some symptoms that accompany the condition, as well as potential solutions.


Symptoms include:

  • Heartburn that persists more than 2 weeks
  • Heartburn that wakes you up at night
  • Discomfort that interferes with daily activity
  • Pain or difficulty when you swallow


Solutions can include:

  • Changing diet; removing foods that trigger symptoms
  • Medication to relieve symptoms and reduce stomach acid
  • Surgery for severe situations
  • Holistic methods to help with gut repair