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Acid Reflux & Foods To Avoid

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Even those with iron stomachs can still be prone to acid reflux when exposed to lemon juice, vinegar or alcohol. My stomach is cringing just thinking about it. In this article you'll find common food triggers of acid reflux.

  • Deep fried foods: limit intake to very rarely
  • Fatty foods: opt for a low fat diet
  • Chocolate: eat a small portion but only with a meal
  • Alcohol: limit intake or try non alcoholic drinks
  • Citrus: consume sparingly, try just a tiny bit at a time
  • Vinegar products: skip the pickles, ketchup and mustard and opt for different condiments like cheese or lettuce. Honey mustard may be milder than yellow mustard.
  • Tomatoes: some people can't have fresh, others can't have cooked tomatoes. Limit your consumption and try different options (guacamole instead of salsa).
  • Carbonated beverages: these are usually loaded with sugar anyways. Stir out the bubbles or opt for juice.
  • Caffeinated beverages: Go decaf or skip altogether. Try flavored sparkling water with a splash of juice if you like
  • Onions: some people are bothered more by raw onions that cooked
  • Garlic: as if we need another excuse to avoid garlic breath

It may be possible for you to consume these foods in smaller quantities or in different forms. For example, raw onions might make your esophagus cringe but cooked onions may not affect you.

Track Your Food

If these foods aren't triggering your acid reflux, track your meals for a week or two and see if you can determine what is. Record every meal (what you eat and how much) and write down if you experience any symptoms after you eat. Once you have an idea of what is causing the acid reflux, eliminate it from your diet and see if the acid reflux goes away. If it does, you'll know why. To make sure, try eating that one item again and see if the acid reflux comes back.

Talk With Your Doctor

If you are experiencing frequent acid reflux, it may be a sign of a more serious condition including ulcers, esophagitis and esophageal bleeding. If you'se had persistent acid reflux accompanied by nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing, weight loss, no relief even after prescription medication, wheezing or asthma, chest pain, bloody stool or severe stomach pain, be sure to call your doctor immediately. Acid reflux that lasts longer than two weeks despite treatment should also warrant a trip to the doctor.

Lifestyle Changes

If you are experiencing acid reflux, the first thing to do is determine what is causing it. Avoiding triggers is the easiest way to prevent future occurrences of acid reflux. Examine your diet, eating habits and other aspects of your lifestyle and see if they're contributing to your symptoms. Smoking, alcohol, stress, weight and overeating can all trigger acid reflux. You may need to make a few changes in your life to manage your acid reflux.

Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/guide/heartburn_gerd_symptoms_types

http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/summer-foods-dont-feel-the-heartburn

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