Whether to eat spicy foods when suffering acid reflux.
This is a tricky one. We are all different. What suits one person doesn't suit another. General advice is to avoid spicy foods but that's because we know it feels as if it's burning the mouth and throat and will therefore burn the esophagus.
The truth is, it's the concentrated hydrochloric acid the stomach produces splashing back up the esophagus that does the most damage.
This is why some acidic foods may not harm as much as some alkaline foods: it depends on the amount of acid the stomach produces in response to the food and the result (called "ash"). It's "acid ash" foods that need to be restricted (ie the foods that leave our stomachs more acidic.
A few years ago, I asked my gastroenterologist why, when I'd been travelling in Thailand and eating very hot spicy foods, I wasn't as affected as usual by reflux. He said it's because chillies have an anasthetic effect.
Some people produce more acid in response to some foods than others. It's really a case of experimenting and finding out what works for you.
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