Getting heartburn every now and then is not necessarily a normal occurrence. When left undiagnosed by a medical expert, it cause serious complications that will put your health at risk. As we discussed, even if the symptoms of acid reflux and GERD are somewhat similar the effects, when left untreated, may vary according to the severity of the condition. In most cases, there are internal and external factors that cause acid reflux and GERD, and knowing these details before hand can help prevent any future occurrence of the problem.
Improper Diet Causes Acid Reflux
One common factor that leads to acid reflux is improper diet. In most cases, overeating fatty foods and those with high-acidic content will eventually result in acid reflux and, if not remedied, GERD.
When an individual eats more than what their stomach can normally hold, the excess will eventually push open the LES and expose the esophageal tissue to acidic content — thus causing the burning sensation that occurs during burps.
Adjusting Your Diet
Eating the right types of food can lessen the occurrence of acid reflux and GERD. This natural method in getting rid of this health problem is far better when compared to modern medical strategies.
For starters, many acid reflux and GERD patients find that proper diet is a cost-effective way to get rid of this problem. Here are some tips that should help you undertake this alternative healing method and maximize the results.
Tip # 1: Don’t Eat Foods That Can Increase Your Acid Levels
Delicious foods are not necessarily good for your health. Even those branded as healthy can cause problems when taken in large amounts. Foods that trigger acid reflux are:
- Fruits high in vitamin C (citrus, lemon, etc.)
- Spicy foods
- Fatty (high-cholesterol) foods
- Foods cooked in oil
As you may have noticed, these types of foods are mostly labeled as junk or fast foods that most modern societies include in their daily routine. In fact, people who live with these delicacies are prone to acid reflux and GERD.
Tip # 2: Indulge in Soft Foods
If you are already suffering from frequent acid reflux and GERD, then you should give your esophagus time to heal by eating soft foods. Avoid eating crunchy, solid foods that will further abrade the soft tissue in your esophagus.
Tip # 3: Water Therapy
Water is considered to be the universal treatment for this health problem. Drinking tall glasses of room temperature water can clean the esophageal lining. It can also rejuvenate your LES to help it close tighter to prevent acid backflow to the esophagus.
Coming Up With a Diet Plan
If you want to adjust your eating habits to reduce, or remove, acid reflux and GERD from your system, then you need to come up with a diet plan to maximize the treatment.
For starters, you need to change your eating habits to include 5 small meals a day instead of the usual 3. Always drink lots of water during meals to help lubricate your esophagus for easy passage of food directly to the stomach. This will give your inflamed esophageal tissues time to heal.
You also need to integrate foods with complex carbohydrates to speed up the healing process, as well as normalizing your acid levels. Include the following into your everyday meals:
- Fruits — bananas and apples (avoid fruits with high acid content)
- Carrots and other vegetables high in fiber
- Bread and pasta
- White meat (chicken without the skin and fish)
It would be best to avoid using oils in any of your cooking. Grilled and boiled foods are preferred. You also want to integrate dairy products into your diet plan, especially during your morning meals and snacks, like cheese, milk, fat-free creams, and the like.