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Indigestion usually occurs as a result of acid reflux which is associated with symptoms such as heartburn, frequent burping and sometimes respiratory conditions. Recent studies have named smoking and salt as factors that can increase the risk of reflux. Frequent smoking and addition of salt to food can increase the risk by up to 70% and consumption of salted meat or fish several times a week can increase the risk by 50%. However, consumption of high fiber brown food and half an hour of exercise at least once a week can halve the risk of reflux. High coffee consumption has also been linked to a 40% reduction in risk.
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About: Coffee, brown bread and exercise reduce risk of GERD
Date: 17 November 2004
Source: Medindia Health News
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