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Acid Reflux - Foods to Avoid

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    What acid reflux food should I avoid? This is a question most gastroesophageal reflux disease sufferers struggle upon. Promoting healthy nutrition that is
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      What acid reflux food should I avoid?
      This is a question most gastroesophageal reflux disease sufferers struggle
      upon. Promoting healthy nutrition that is based on avoiding certain foods while
      increasing the intake of others has the potential to confer significant
      long-term health benefits among acid reflux sufferers. Lifestyle and dietary
      alterations are considered to be an integral and inseparable part of any
      long-term holistic GERD treatment. 

      The foods we consume play an important role when it comes to keeping our body's
      delicate natural inner balance. Since certain foods and dietary habits have
      been found to directly and indirectly promote the aggravation of acid reflux,
      avoiding those foods and adopting specific dietary habits for optimal digestion
      while suffering from acid reflux could have a tremendously positive effect on
      your existing medical condition. The following are examples of these types of

      1. Coffee and other caffeine containing beverages lead to increased acidity, so
      avoid large amounts of coffee. Try to limit your daily coffee consumption to
      two cups or less. It possible, split your coffee cup into two half cups, and
      reduce coffee drinking before the bedtime. 

      2. Alcohol can irritate the stomach and relax the LES muscle, leading to
      increased acidity and reflux. 

      3. High-fat foods are among the biggest culprits behind GERD symptoms. They
      take longer to digest and not easily eliminated out of body, thus increasing
      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. 

      4. Chocolate contains a great deal of caffeine and fat. This may increase
      acidity and worsen digestion and hence should be avoided. If you are a devoted
      chocolate enthusiast, go for dark, organic varieties, and eat no more then two
      to three tiny squares two to three times per week. 

      5. Milk and milk-based products that contain a big proportion of calcium should
      also be avoided before bedtime. 

      6. Peppermint, spearmint and other mints can worsen acid reflux symptoms. Avoid
      foods that contain strong mints, including mint-based herbal teas. 

      7. Acidic foods (such as oranges and tomatoes) and cruciferous vegetables
      (onions, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts) promote the
      opening of the esophageal sphincter, thus increasing acid reflux. 

      So what acid reflux food should you avoid? With these dietary changes and a
      healthy motivation to alter your lifestyle, you can be on your way to
      overcoming gastroesophageal reflux disease and improving the quality of your
      life and well-being. Whatever your medical condition is, when you finally
      decide to improve your quality of life, you can literally choose to cure GERD
      and prevent its recurrence, by adopting the holistic approach. You will have
      the power to make it happen

      Jeff Martin

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