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Acid Reflux Diets
Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is not technically a disease at all. Acid reflux is a condition brought on by poor eating habits. Not only eating the wrong foods, not chewing food properly is also a root cause of acid reflux.
What you eat can overcome acid reflux. If you get acid reflux during the night then the cause could very well be eating too much at dinner. Eating a large meal may cause the stomach to produce too much acid. Try eating smaller, more frequent meals during the day. A smaller amount of food puts less workload on the stomach therefore requiring less acid secretion needed for digestion.
Try to include foods that are high in complex carbohydrates in each of your meals. Foods such as breads, rice and pasta can tie up any excess stomach acid, making them easier on the stomach. Foods with high fat content remain in your stomach longer, which causes the need for more stomach acid to aid in digestion. Fast food is a huge contributor to this problem.
Over-eating any type of food can cause acid reflux because of your stomach needing more acids for digestion. Wine, beer and pop are common in causing acid reflux, especially beer, which can double your stomach acid in an hour.
There is the belief that drinking milk before bed with control acid reflux. However, milk can end up causing acid reflux during sleep. Milk can cause more stomach acid secretion, which of course causes acid reflux. Never lay down right after eating. You should remain in an upright position for 45 minutes or more after eating. When you do lie down, elevate the head of the bed about six to eight inches.
Your suggested acid reflux diet plan could quite likely look different from another fellow sufferer. There may be a particular food that is sensitive for you but not be so for another person. It is therefore important that you see a doctor to help your work out your own acid reflux diet. You can experiment with different food groups to pinpoint what exactly causes your acid reflux and what does not cause it.
You may also wish to consult a dietician who could provide you with a list of foods that would be compatible with your acid reflux problem. Many sufferers of acid reflux are reluctant to give up their favorite foods. It is the favorite foods, which are the main cause’s acid reflux.
In conclusion, acid reflux would not exist without a damaged esophagus. You must heal the esophagus if you are going to cure yourself of acid reflux. Change how you eat and properly chew your food. Eat mild, easy to digest foods until your esophagus has completely heeled. Once you have done that, it would be wise to maintain your better eating habits.
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