For some, just the thought of the holidays can produce heartburn. But if you're a serious sufferer of gastroesophageal reflux disease, you may be interested in a recent USA Today piece that highlighted some alternative remedies. Stanford's Lauren Gerson, MD, provided one of the tips:
An easy remedy that helps relieve GERD by taking advantage of anatomy and gravity is simply sleeping on your left side, says... Gerson, gastroenterologist at Stanford School of Medicine. Her team's review of research showed that right-side sleeping makes reflux worse. Other research found that stomach sleeping is the worst position for people with GERD because it puts extra pressure on the stomach and a key muscle in the esophagus.