• seakess20 seakess20
    February 16, 2010
    Why do I get heartburn every time I eat high fiber food or drinks?
    seakess20 seakess20
    February 16, 2010

    Every time I eat foods high in fiber (granola, friuts, veggies, etc), I get really bad heartburn.  I am just curious as to why.  It only happens with these foods.

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  • Stephanie
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    February 16, 2010
    Stephanie
    Health Guide
    February 16, 2010

    This is a problem for me and those of us in our family. We do better with the less healthy things. It took a while but we finally figured it out due to my daughter's reflux and chronic constipation as a child.

    While most refluxers do better with fiber in the gut to create bulk and absorb some acid, many of us unfortunately have a hard time digesting these foods and moving them through the system. Thus, they sit in the gut longer and can cause more problems with reflux.

     I first realized this when my daughter was 8 months old. Eight hours after feeding her baby food carrots, she spit them back up on me. They looked the same as they did going in despite having nursed twice in the mean time. Most of my friend's kids already had them coming out the other end. We also found that with her, creating bulk only worsened her constipation which then worsened her reflux since the plumbing below wasn't moving.

    Some doctors will refer to this a motility disorder as the issue can really be moving things along the system as much or more so than the acid.

     

    Best of Luck - Stephanie

    Here are some links that might be useful:

    Enjoying Summer Despite Acid Reflux

    10 Foods to Avoid with Acid Reflux

    Acid Reflux Summer Food Swaps

     

     


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  • DRYW2010 February 21, 2010
    DRYW2010
    February 21, 2010

    Hi seakess20, I am almost a 'recovered' gastric reflux person. I have been told and therefore avoiding food/drink/spices that are acidic, irritant, and gaseous. People with ulcer or gastric reflux are more sensitive to respond to the above meal/drink intake. High fibre food such as broccoli, cabbage take more "work" for stomach and intestine to break it down, hence more acid production which leads to indigestion/heartburn. If I have to have some of those vegies, I usually eat soft white bread or rice or pasta (anything starchy) first so the it reduces the 'acid attack'. Hope this helps.

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