Acid Reflux – Foods to Avoid

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is a burning pain in the chest which occurs when acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus. It can happen to anyone occasionally, but for millions of people it’s a daily reality that can lead to complications and troublesome symptoms.

One of the reasons this happens is the weakening or damaging of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). When functioning properly the LES closes to prevent the food in your stomach from moving back up into your esophagus.

As is the case with so many health issues… your diet can have a profound impact on acid reflux.

The amount of acid your stomach produces is affected by foods you eat. In other words… eating the right kinds of food is one of the keys to controlling acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a severe, chronic form of acid reflux.

If you suffer regularly from heartburn here are the main foods nutritionist and health consultant Jeff Martin (author of Heartburn No More) recommends you stop eating ASAP…

Foods to stop eating if you suffer from heartburn

So, what foods should you avoid if you suffer from acid reflux? This is a question most gastroesophageal reflux disease sufferers struggle struggle with. Avoiding certain foods while increasing your intake of others is one of the best natural ways to reduce and prevent acid reflux, says Jeff Martin.

Promoting healthy nutrition that is based on avoiding certain foods while increasing the intake of others has the potential to confer significant long-term health benefits among acid reflux sufferers. Lifestyle and dietary alterations are considered to be an integral and inseparable part of any long-term holistic GERD treatment. – Jeff Martin

The foods you eat play an important role in maintaining your body’s delicate, natural inner balance. Certain foods and dietary habits have been found to either directly or indirectly promote acid reflux. If you are suffering from acid reflux avoiding those foods as well as adopting specific dietary habits (covered in depth in Heartburn No More) for optimal digestion can have a tremendously positive effect on your existing medical condition.

The following are examples of these types of foods:

1. Coffee

Coffee and other caffeine containing beverages lead to increased acidity says Martin. So, avoid drinking large amounts of coffee. If you can’t picture a day without coffee, at least try to limit your daily coffee consumption to two cups or less. If possible, split your coffee cup into two half cups, and reduce coffee drinking before the bedtime.

2. High-fat foods

High-fat foods are probably one of the biggest culprits behind GERD and reflux symptoms. This is because they take longer to digest and they aren’t easily eliminated out of your body. This increases the chances that acid will splash back up into your esophagus. The only exceptions are omega-3 fatty acids from fatty fish and fish oil. These are in fact powerful anti-inflammatory agents.

3. Alcohol

Alcohol can irritate the stomach and cause your LES muscle to relax, leading to increased acidity and reflux.

4. Chocolate

Chocolate contains a great deal of caffeine as well as fat… both of which, as we already established, are not very beneficial if your suffer from heartburn. They may increase acidity and worsen digestion, so should be avoided or at least minimized. If you are a devoted chocolate enthusiast, go for dark, organic varieties and eat no more then two to three tiny squares two to three times per week.

5. Milk

Milk and milk-based products that contain a lot of calcium should also be avoided before bedtime.

6. Mint

Peppermint, spearmint and other mints can worsen acid reflux symptoms. Avoid foods that contain strong mints, including mint-based herbal teas and other mint flavored products.

7. Acidic foods

Acidic foods such as oranges, lemons, limes, pineapple and tomatoes as well as cruciferous vegetables such as onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts promote the opening of the esophageal sphincter, thus increasing acid reflux.

So, those are some of the main foods to avoid if you suffer from acid reflux. This is just one of the simple dietary changes you can make to reduce and prevent heartburn as well as improve your health in general.

As with many health issues some simple diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way. The same goes for overcoming gastroesophageal reflux disease. These diet and lifestyle changes are exactly what Jeff Martin teaches in his book. His simple method has allowed thousands of people to stop relying on antacids (which at best only provide temporary relief) and cure there acid reflux naturally and permanently… often in as little as 10 days.

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