This painful condition includes burning pain in the throat and chest, sour or acidy taste in the mouth, bloating, and nausea after eating. If allowed to continue for a long period, it leads to difficulty in swallowing, ulcers, and can result in permanent scarring.
What Can I Eat?
The good news is there are measures you can take to stop acid reflux and potential damage to your health. Studies have shown there are certain foods that may cause acid reflux to worsen.
The best news is you do not have to deprive yourself forever of the food you enjoy. You can still eat them occasionally, just not on a regular basis and in moderation.
Acid Reflux Foods to Avoid
* Spicy foods- spaghetti, lasagna, pizza, goulash
* Fried foods, Chinese food
* Fatty foods- peanut butter
* Refined flour
* French fries, Mashed potatoes
* Celery, garlic, onions
* Citrus fruits- lemons, grapefruit, tomato, Cranberry juice, Orange juice
* Red meat- roast beef, ground beef, marbled sirloin
* Poultry- chicken nuggets, Buffalo wings
* Desserts- Chocolate
* Corn chips, potato chips
MSG can trigger acid reflux and is found in a variety of foods. Check your food labels and make certain it does not contain this ingredient.
* Spearmint, peppermint, and other strong mints
* Mint based herbal teas
* Alcoholic beverages
* Cold water
Do not drink liquids with your meals; drink water a half hour to an hour before you eat. Drink beverages at room temperature. Drinking ice water is definitely an acid reflux food to avoid.
Limit the amount of coffee you drink. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks before bedtime.
Beverages such as wine and beer stimulate acid secretion. For example– in one hour, beer doubles your stomach acid level.
One of the worse things you can do if you suffer from acid reflux is to skip meals. Try eating smaller meals but make sure to eat regularly. Over-eating contributes to acid reflux.
A recent study found that a low-carbohydrate diet might help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux. People suffering with acid reflux were started on a low-carb diet of non-starchy vegetables, meat, hard cheeses, and eggs to a restricted carbohydrates intake of 20 grams per day.
After less than a week, the participants reported fewer symptoms of acid reflux. Acidity measurements in the esophagus, immediately after eating, although expected to be high, were significantly lower for the low carb dieters.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
Your doctor is the best person to give you advice. Doctors encourage their patients who have acid reflux to avoid foods that have a large amount of fat and protein. They generally recommend increasing fiber and reducing refined carbohydrates in your diet. A basic recommendation includes not lying down too soon after a meal. Follow these guidelines and you will not be missing any more family dinners or lunch with friends. You’ll know more about acid reflux and what food to avoid.
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