While food should ideally be a pleasure, in some cases what you eat can make you feel really bad. That can be the case if you suffer from acid reflux (also known as gastroesophageal reflux) or GERD.
Acid reflux involves the stomach acid flowing backward into the esophagus, which is the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. When you have acid reflux, you may end up tasting food that you’ve regurgitated or sour liquid at the back of your mouth. You also may experience heartburn. GERD is a more severe form of reflux. Signs of GERD include frequent heartburn, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, coughing wheezing, difficulty swallowing and experiencing chest pain, especially when you’re in bed at night.
One option is to make different dietary choices. Foods that have been scientifically proven to trigger GERD are chocolate, deep-fried foods, coffee, alcohol, and mint (including anything that contains mint oil). Fried food tends to be the biggest culprit since they a...
While diet has not been shown to cause acid reflux it can definitely help to lessen the symptoms for those suffering with the disease. There are several foods that have been shown to trigger acid reflux. Those include: alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, citrus foods, fatty or fried foods, tomato based foods, spicy foods and mint or mint flavored foods. These foods do not elicit symptoms for everyone suffering from acid reflux but they are a good jumping off point for determining what might be triggering your own symptoms.
If your acid reflux disease also comes with painful bloating it may be wise to limit gas causing foods. Some common gas producing foods include: cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips and kale), beans, lentils and carbonated beverages. When your symptoms calm you can try adding some of these foods into your diet plan gradually.
It is also important that people suffering from acid reflux include an adequa...
Could marijuana smoking be the cause of GERD?
The effect of marijuana on the
symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease is controversial. A study in 2002
showed that animals given a synthetic marijuana-like substance had an 80%
reduction in transient relaxations of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is
felt to be a significant cause of reflux. By reducing these relaxation
episodes, symptoms of reflux should actually improve. Other smaller studies
have shown that use of marijuana can actually worsen symptoms of
gastroesophageal reflux disease by decreasing resting pressures of the lower
I recently saw my gastroenterologist as my GERD symptoms have been
worse. He has now recommended surgery. I had heard bad things about surgery in
the past. Is this an acceptable option?
A very recent report out of Massachusetts General Hospital surveyed 200 patients that had
underwent laparascopic anti-reflux surgery over a 10 year period. The results
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