Many of us suffer from symptoms of acid reflux and have tried over the counter antacids and medications with little or no relief. Doctors are just going to give us prescriptions for expensive medications, which might work but they are costly and some people just can’t afford them, so they continue to suffer. The good news is that relief could be as close as making some simple changes to your diet. There are foods that cause acid reflux, and if you are eating these foods on a regular basis, then avoiding them may be all that’s needed to take care of your acid reflux.
Knowing what these foods are is your first way of avoiding, or if not, easing the symptoms of the disease and allowing yourself to enjoy your meals. Identifying the foods that may trigger the symptoms to appear may require a little experimentation as the trigger may vary from individual to individual.
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Here are some foods that you may want to watch out for to help you prevent from experiencing acid reflux:
Fatty foods – Fatty foods tend to linger in the stomach and cause indigestion problems. The fatty residues left undigested accumulates in your body causing weight problems. Ideally, you should maintain a healthy body weight, this means eliminating fatty foods from your diet.
Carbonated drinks, coffee and other caffeine – Drinks while caffeine is not a food, the fact that it is a primary ingredient in a number of beverages places these beverages on our list. The obvious culprits are coffee and tea and carbonated drinks. These are often consumed just for their caffeine “kick.” In addition, you should minimize your intake of alcohol. Liquors and wines are particularly poor choices.
Desserts – even though none of us wants to hear it, chocolate can be very upsetting to your digestive system. So, chocolate, chocolate cakes, chocolate cookies and brownies should be avoided. For both their chocolate and milk content, creamy fro-stings are a no. Doughnuts and other fried pastries can also trigger heartburn.
Onions and Garlic – Either cook or freshly chopped, garlic and onions can affect our stomach and cause acid reflux. This happens mainly because of the potency they have.
Fried foods, dairy products, and spicy foods – Chili can trigger the reflux that may also lead to heartburn. Peppermint can also be a culprit in worsening your situation. it’s long been believed that you should drink milk when you’re experiencing heartburn. However, contrary to popular belief, milk and milk byproducts are acid based. Therefore, you’ll want to minimize your consumption of milk, sour cream, ice cream, and even cottage cheese
Fruits & Vegetables – potatoes and onions are two of the biggest contributors to acid reflux and heartburn. Most doctors will suggest that you avoid both whenever possible, particularly fried potatoes. Fruits such as tomatoes, oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and cranberries that are highly acidic should be avoided as well. This includes the often overlooked fruit juices such as orange juice and cranberry juice.
Fast Foods – here’s another example of the foods you love the most being the foods that seem to do the most harm. Your poorest fast food choices are French fries, fried chicken, and greasy burgers. You should also avoid chicken wings that are prepared with heavy spices and chicken nuggets, which are often fried. You don’t have to eliminate fast food altogether, but you do need to reduce the regularity in which you eat fast food, and be a little more discriminating in your menu choices.
Alcohol – alcohol increases stomach acid and weakens the lower esophageal sphincter or LES muscles that serve as a barrier between the stomach and the esophagus. When the LES muscles are weaken, it cannot control the flow of acid back to the esophagus, thus causing acid reflux. Aside from alcohol, drugs can also weaken the proper functioning of the LES muscles.
Other foods that can contribute to acid reflux are those that incorporate vinegar. Pickles, chutneys and various other specialty food preparations ought to therefore be avoided. Others on this checklist are certain varieties of meat. Chief among them are ground beef, heavily marbled cuts of meat, and deep fried products such as chicken nuggets and Buffalo wings. Also try to stay away from certain dairy products such as sour cream, milk shakes, ice cream and cottage cheese.
These are foods that cause acid reflux and should be avoided. Nothing is easy when you first get started, but it does get easier with time and a little effort. If you start and fail, do not get bent out of shape, just pick up where you left off.
Like anything, you have to just keep going even if you fail along the way just keep making your way to your goal. So do not get discouraged and quit, get discouraged and keep going until you achieve your goal.