There are many people worldwide who struggle with gastroesophageal reflux disease, so they always wonder what kind of food is causing it in order to avoid it. In order to prevent this condition, people should avoid foods that are causing it and start eating foods that have the potential to confer significant long-term health benefits among acid reflux sufferers. The most important thing is our lifestyle and proper diet.
The most important thing the keep our body’s delicate natural inner balance is the foods we consume. We all know that certain foods and dietary habits directly and indirectly promote the aggravation of acid reflux, so avoiding them and adopting specific dietary habits for optimal digestion while suffering from acid reflux could have a tremendously positive effect on your existing medical condition. We will provide some of the foods that should be avoided in order to prevent acid reflux.
Eliminate alcohol since it can irritate the stomach and relax the LES muscles, which will lead to increased acidity and reflux.
Avoid foods that contain peppermint, spearmint and other mints, including mint-based herbal nteas since they can worsen acid reflux symptoms.
Acidic foods (such as oranges and tomatoes)
Make sure to avoid acidic foods such as cruciferous vegetables ( broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, cauliflower, spinach) which promote the opening of the esophageal sphincter, thus increasing acid reflux.
They are considered as one the major culprits behind GERD symptoms because they take longer to digest and are not easily eliminated out of the body, which is why they increase the chances acid will splash up into your esophagus. The only exceptions are omega-3 fatty acids from fish and fish oil, which are in fact powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
You definitely need to avoid coffee and other caffeine containing beverages if you are struggling with acid reflux. Limit your daily intake of coffee to 2 cups or less. It possible, split your coffee cup into two half cups, and reduce coffee drinking before the bedtime.
It may be difficult for you to avoid chocolate, but you should since it contains a great deal of caffeine and fat which may increase acidity and worsen digestion. If you are chococholic, try eating dark chocolate or organic varieties, and eat no more than 2 or 3 tiny squares 2 or 3 times a week.
Milk and milk-based products that contain a big proportion of calcium should also be avoided before bedtime.
As you can see, avoiding the above mentioned foods can improve your problems with gastroesophageal reflux so make these lifestyle changes as soon as possible in order to improve the quality of your life and well being.
No matter what your medical condition is, when you decide to improve your quality of life, you can literally choose to cure GERD and prevent its recurrence, by adopting the holistic approach.
This article is based on the book, “Heartburn No More” by Jeff Martin. He is an author, health consultant, nutritionist and researcher who dedicated his life to find the ultimate acid reflux solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root cause of heartburn and acid reflux thus improving the overall quality of people’s lives without having to use medications and surgical procedures.