Dealing with Acid Reflux/GORD
Alcohol opens the sphincter, which is the opening at the base of the esophagus. When this is open, more food and stomach acid is likely to flow back up. Though many people believe mint to be a soothing food for digestion, this is a misconception. Peppermint tea won’t help if you are a common victim of acid reflux.
You’ll find fiber in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds (basically unprocessed plant foods). Is there anyone who has not heard countless commercials to pop a pill to relieve acid reflux? Acid reflux is the flow of stomach acid back into the esophagus. A common symptom is heartburn – a burning discomfort felt anywhere from the stomach up into the chest and throat. Instead of pills, many health experts now recommend an acid reflux diet and other lifestyle solutions.
Digestion increases the amount of gastric acid present in the stomach. When you lay down, the ability of the LES to prevent stomach contents from traveling up the esophagus decreases. Occurring together, lots of stomach acid and a reclined position are a recipe for reflux. Timing can vary from individual to individual, but generally, eating a full meal less than three or four hours before bed is not advisable for GERD sufferers. A recent study found that people who followed a high-fiber meal plan were 20% less likely to have acid reflux symptoms, regardless of their body weight.
It’s also a good idea to avoid eating at least three hours before bedtime. While there are many medical treatments for GERD, changing your diet is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to manage symptoms. It can also help prevent acid reflux from happening in the first place.
It starts with a 2-week, strict, acid-free diet, a kind of digestive system detox program. It includes no fruit, except bananas and melons, and the main beverage is water – at least 8 cups a day, non-carbonated.
The Acid reflux condition would not exist without a damaged esophagus and a weakened LES (lower esophageal sphincter). The first thing that I learned is that acid reflux, sometimes called gerd (gastro esophageal reflux disease), is not a disease at all. Curing oneself of the condition called acid reflux can be accomplished by using natural, healthy methods.
Select from the wide variety of vegetables. Avoid or reduce sauces or toppings that are high in fat or other irritants like tomatoes or onions. Limit sugar intake. Most Americans are eating way too much sugar.
Do you know how? Take this indigestion quiz to find out.
But if you eat a lot of onions or garlic, make sure to track your meals carefully in your diary. Some of these foods, along with spicy foods, may bother you more than other foods do.
High amounts of caffeine also translate to higher acidity, which can further aggravate an already irritated digestive system. Necessary to restrict and avoid a wide range of foods, especially when first commencing the diet.
So, all of these were no-brainers. Chocolate and mint.