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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...
Definition Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which the stomach contents (food or liquid) leak backwards from the stomach into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This action can irritate the esophagus, causing heartburn and other symptoms. Alternative Names Peptic esophagitis; Reflux esophagitis; GERD; Heartburn - chronic; Dyspepsia - GERD Causes, incidence, and risk factors When you eat, food passes from the throat to the stomach through the esophagus (also called the food pipe or swallowing tube). Once food is in the stomach, a ring of muscle fibers prevents food from moving backward into the esophagus. These muscle fibers are called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. If this sphincter muscle doesn't close well, food, liquid, and stomach acid can leak back into the esophagus. This is called reflux or gastroesophageal reflux. This reflux may cause symptoms, or can even damage the esophagus. The risk factors for reflux include hiatal hernia (a ...
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