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
GERD is one of the most prevalent gastrointestinal disorders. Nearly 7% of persons in the U.S. experience heartburn daily, 20% experience it monthly, and 60% experience it intermittently. Incidence in pregnant women exceeds 80%. Scientists do not know why GERD occurs. Some cases of acid reflux disease are related to a condition called "hiatal hernia." A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach is above the diaphragm. The diaphragm helps the lower esophageal sphincter keep digestive enzymes and acid from coming back into the esophagus. Although no one knows why GERD occurs, there are several factors that are thought to contribute to the disorder. These factors include alcohol use, obesity or overweight, pregnancy, and smoking. Certain foods that may irritate the digestive system can also contribute to GERD, though there's plenty of contradictory evidence as to whether or not certain foods actually cause GERD symptoms. Foods that have been reported to ca...
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