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Acid Reflux and Your Diet
For those who are unfortunate enough to suffer at times from Acid Reflux disease, it is important to help yourself experience it less often with a proper diet. Certain foods can help to aggravate the condition and as such one should try to either eliminate them entirely from their diet or keep them at a low. For some certain foods tend to not be so bad where as the same ones for others are very bothersome. A little experimentation will help you decide what foods are better than others and what you mush avoid completely. Here are some foods that have been associated with Acid Reflux disease.
- Chilli Peppers and other Hot Peppers or spicy foods period
- Alcoholic drinks
- Carbonated drinks (soda pop)
- Acid fruits such as oranges, lemons, pineapples, grapefruits, limes, tangerines, etc.
- Acid vegetables such as tomatoes, tomato sauces, raw onions, French fries (most vegetables however are not acidic)
- Coffee, Teas, including the decaffeinated versions of both.
- Chocolate, potato chips
- Foods high in fat including Ground Beef, Chicken Strips, Wings, salad dressings
- Sour Cream, Ice Cream (high fat dairy products)
Instead, try to stick to foods that are less likely to cause heartburn such as:
- Fruits such as blueberries, cherries, sweet apples, apricots, olives, blackberries, mangoes, strawberries, raspberries, bananas etc.
- Just about any vegetables other than the ones mentioned above.
- Lean Meats, skinless chicken breasts, extra-lean ground beef, fish, egg whites
- Low fat dairy products
- Most Grains, multi grain breads, white bread, oatmeal, brown or white rice, rice cakes, pastas
This is not a guarantee that you still will not experience acid reflux if you follow the above food advice since it can still happen but by sticking to the above, you will lessen your chances. Also do not eat large meals, by stuffing yourself even of the “right” foods you could still experience acid reflux. Other tips to keep in mind include try not to eat a meal before you goto sleep, don't lie down after a meal (sit up on the couch), if you are overweight try to lose some weight, on average an overweight person tends to have acid reflux more than a regular weight person. Many people who have suffered from acid reflux and have lost weight tend to not have acid reflux as bad. It would be advisable to try these and eat the right foods before immediately jumping to a prescription medication to deal with it.
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