When people hear acid reflux, they often think it means heartburn. While acid reflux does cause heartburn, it causes other symptoms as well, some of which are not even related to the digestive system.
Acid reflux is irritation of the esophagus caused by acid from the stomach traveling up into the throat… and yes, it’s as unpleasant as it sounds. In addition to pain and burning sensations in the chest, acid reflux can cause nausea, vomiting, trouble swallowing, throat soreness, and erosion of tooth enamel.
If you experience these symptoms more than a couple of times a week, you most likely have GERD.
The short-term symptoms of acid reflux are bad enough, but GERD can have long-lasting (sometimes permanent) effects such as persistent coughing, trouble breathing, sleep difficulties, throat irritation, and even asthma. If left untreated for a long period of time, GERD can cause serious, life-threatening conditions such as throat cancer.
On a brighter note, you can alleviate some of the symptoms of GERD with some dietary changes. Your diet plays a huge role in the management of GERD. There are a lot of foods that naturally counteract the effects of acid reflux.
There are also many foods that are known to trigger and exacerbate GERD. Stay tuned to find out which foods you should eat (and which ones you should avoid) to lessen the effects of acid reflux. Don’t forget to hit the “subscribe” button if you find this video useful.
Foods that Prevent GERD:
Almond Butter 2:18
Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux:
Soft Drinks 6:05
Anything Fried 6:43
Processed Meats 7:13
Anything Spicy 7:51
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Foods That Prevent Acid Reflux:
Watermelon. Diluting stomach acid goes a long way in reducing GERD symptoms. One of the best ways to do this is by eating foods that are watery. Watermelons have a high water content and are an effective (and tasty) way to thin out the acid in your stomach and prevent it from traveling to the esophagus…
Almond Butter. In case you need another reason to love almond butter… it’s an acid reflux remedy. Almond butter is an alkaline food, which means it counteracts the acidity of bile. The same is true for other almond derivatives, as well as the nuts themselves…
Kale. Not a fan of spinach? Try incorporating some kale into your diet. It’s also a superfood and it neutralizes the acidity of bile with its high alkalinity. As is the case with spinach, fresh is better. Blend some into your smoothies or use it as a substitute for lettuce in your salads…
Oatmeal. Eating foods high in fiber is a great way to stave off the uncomfortable symptoms of acid reflux. Overeating is one of the main causes of heartburn. Fiber-rich foods make you feel fuller for longer periods of time, which prevents overeating…
Foods That Trigger Acid Reflux:
Coffee. No one wants to hear this, but coffee can trigger and worsen acid reflux. Coffee contains a lot of caffeine and caffeine is known to cause GERD flare-ups. The same is true of other caffeinated beverages including some teas and sodas. Try switching to decaffeinated coffee or drinking decaf teas instead. If you rely on coffee for an energy boost, as many of us do, there is some good news: many of the foods that lessen GERD symptoms are also natural energy boosters. If you find yourself missing your morning caffeine buzz, try eating more greens, nuts, fruits, and lean meats…
High-Fat or Processed Meats. Foods that are high in fat or processed are known for triggering acid reflux flare-ups. This includes beef, bacon, sausage, and deli meats. These foods are not easily digestible, and they tend to hang around in the stomach for long periods of time. As a result, the lower esophagus becomes relaxed and fails to seal off acid from the stomach…
Tomatoes and their derivatives are major heartburn triggers. This means you should stay away from tomatoes themselves, as well as tomato-based foods such as ketchup, marinara sauce, pizza sauce, salsa, and canned tomatoes. For salads and snacking, try switching to cucumbers, which contain a lot of water and are known to minimize the effects of acid reflux…[Please watch the video for the full list of Foods to Eat and Avoid for Acid Reflux]