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Are post-meal walks really helpful for GERD?

Yes, walking after meals can help alleviate GERD symptoms. Physical activity, like walking, promotes digestion by stimulating the movement of food through the digestive system. This can aid in preventing stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus, reducing the likelihood of acid reflux.

Additionally, walking facilitates the gravitational forces that assist in keeping stomach acid where it belongs. However, it's essential to choose a moderate-paced walk; intense exercise immediately after meals may worsen symptoms. Incorporating a post-meal walk into your routine, especially after larger meals, contributes to overall digestive health, helps maintain a healthy weight, and can be a simple and effective strategy in managing GERD symptoms.

Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on managing GERD.


  1. Karim S, Jafri W, Faryal A, Majid S, Salih M, Jafri F, Hamid S, Shah HA, Nawaz Z, Tariq U. Regular post dinner walk; can be a useful lifestyle modification for gastroesophageal reflux. J Pak Med Assoc. 2011 Jun;61(6):526-30. PMID: 22204202.

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