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Acid Reflux Diet Concerns

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A proper acid reflux diet is designed to eliminate the symptoms of acid reflux or GERD. Sometimes called a GERD diet, this would include eating foods that do not trigger symptoms as well as avoiding ones that do trigger symptoms. Although there are some foods that seem to trigger symptoms on the majority of acid reflux sufferers, everyone is different and you should do some research to find which foods affect you.

Acid reflux affects over 40% of Americans and can be an annoyance at best and cause severe pain at worst so it’s no wonder there are certain dietary guidelines set forth to help ease suffering. Not only is it an uncomfortable condition, it can actually lead to more serious problems so it’s best to start treating it with diet and lifestyle changes as soon as possible

The pain of acid reflux is caused by stomach acid that come up into the esophagus so an acid reflux diet is designed t ohelp you avoid foods that cause stomach acid to rise. These foods may be different for different individuals but by now you have probably noticed that certain foods trigger your acid reflux symptoms and these foods should, of course, be avoided.

In order to properly identify which foods cause acid reflux for you, it might be wise to keep a food diary. You should aim to keep one for at least two weeks and write down everything you eat, when you ate it and any symptoms you have afterwards. Common acid reflux or GERD symptoms include burning in the throat, heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation and discomfort in the abdomen. Please note that these symptoms also can indicate very serious conditions and you should consult your doctor if you experience them. Once you start your diary, you will see a pattern of foods that cause reflux symptoms and you can move to eliminate those foods from your diet.

In general foods that tend to cause acid reflux symptoms include: citrus, peppermint, fatty foods, alcohol, caffeinated beverages, spicy foods, potato salad, mashed potatoes, French fried or any fried food, carbonated beverages, garlic, white onions and chocolate.

In addition to your acid reflux diet restrictions, there are some other steps you might want to take to lessen symptoms. Avoid large meals and especially ones with a lot of fat as the extra time spent in the stomach will cause more acids to be produced. Don’t eat before bedtime - try to finish all eating 3 or 4 hours before bed. Avoid clothing that is tight around the abdomen area. Don’t take aspirin or ibuprofen. Eat several small meals instead of a few large ones. Also, losing weight can really help alleviate symptoms, even a 10% drop in weight could make a bid difference.


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