Acid Reflux, What’s that?
Except if you have a birth defect in your digestive tract or an acquired special disease, you must not have an acid reflux disease.
The GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) is a side effect of poor eating, the most suspicious is the so called “junk food”.
It has now reached a critical level as we continue to eat sugary fat and salty processed food, then taking pills to block acid secretion, which is known to block absorption of nutrients and trigger chemical depression, thus leading to eating more “comfort” food.
Nutritional plan to reduce acidity reflux.
1/ Eliminating processed food. Allergy and intolerance to processed foods are one of the factors of acid reflux.
Allergy and intolerance to processed food nutrients are found to be major factors of acid reflux.
The general treatment is to avoid all food you know that give you any burning sign.
The consistency of the meal has to be thick enough not to be regurgitated, especially in the 6 hours before sleeping.
For example, add oat meal to smoothies, chose steamed cooked vegetables to salads, pasta, avoid fried vegetable. Avoid French fries, chips, donuts, etc.
Consider baked sweet potatoes or yam, steamed potatoes instead of bread
Eat poached or grilled fish as frequent as possible
Avoid all kind of mayonnaise-like sauces or anything with fat and eggs and most of time sugar.
Avoid all carbonated drinks.
Drink frequently water and herbal teas.
It is better to avoid caffeine from coffee and teas.
Caffeine is irritating the digestive mucosa, and relax the sphincters but is not directly stimulating the acid secretion as do sugar and fat.
This is very general, there is some individual sensitivities that contribute to more personal symptoms.
According to Gastroenterology and Hepatology societies, no studies have been able to conclude that caffeine is a definitive trigger for GERD symptoms. Many different studies have demonstrated the responsibility of the poor folate diet .
Eat small portions five times a day for few weeks
If you take antacid pills :
Get enough iron and folate from your food during your treatment. It is well documented now how anti acid treatments are interfering in the reabsorption of nutrients, creating an insufficiency in the vitamin B group, which is difficult to diagnose by standard procedure.
Ask your doctor if you feel depressed, it can be low-level of folate.
Example of food schedule:
I glass of warm water before any thing, adding a fresh lemon juice can help to create an alkaline reaction and prevent acid secretion.
Getting ready to work take an oat meal, instant packages with boiling water and add fruits you like: mango, pineapple, berries, kiwis.
It is better to add savory food like eggs, marinated fish as herrings, anchovies to avoid sugar.
Drink less than a pint of good coffee with low acidity 100% Arabica, avoid all robusta coffees rich in caffeine with a high acidity
Tea with a snack you like.
Lunch: Poached fish with spinach, broccoli or any steamed vegetable.
Again have a tea and a pleasant snack. It is good to eat some raw nuts ( Not oil and salt roasted)
If in society take again a fish and veggies, try to not drink more than one glass of wine or beer and don’t take dessert with a high level of sugar and fat.
If at home: have a home-made soup or if you buy it watch out for sugar, fat sodium and additives on the ingredient list. You can add instant oat to make it thicker. Oat contains healing nutrients, useful to regulate acid secretion.
In conclusion :
Try to drink half a gallon of liquids a day:
2 pints of tea a day, complete with water. Nut milk is good in general if unsweetened.
Do not eat more than two fruits
Avoid juice from concentrate and soda.
It is better to avoid beer and wines when you start don’t take more than 1 pint of beer, wine or any alcoholic beverage if you are in a social dinner.
If you take chicken, be sure to get it organic.
Try to eat fish almost every day.
Eat meat as a treat, when you are in good company. Eat oatmeal every time you feel a burning heart; this may help you to get a better digestive tract in months.
Have a question?
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Published online 2017 Jul 1