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TASTY Foods to Eat with Acid Reflux

May 1, 2008
Together with many acid reflux sufferers, you may have questions about specific nutrition that cuts out foods that degenerate GERD and let you beat your medical condition. Is there any foods that will relieve symptoms of acid reflux?

Let's make a quick review of the basic physiological causes behind acid reflux, also known as GERD or gastro esophageal reflux disease, before discussing nutritional programs that can help with acid reflux symptoms.

Acid reflux happens after food goes from the esophagus into the stomach, where a muscle is temporarily relaxed to allow the entry of the food. This muscle is the LES or lower esophageal sphincter, a valve in muscular form situated where the esophagus joins the stomach. After entry of the food into the stomach, the LES should shut again, to retain the juices and acids inside the stomach. If the LES does not succeed in closing properly (owing to different inner or outer problems), stomach acid is regurgitated back into the esophagus, causing corrosion and inflammation of the lining. This causes the distressing pain and burning feeling that we call heartburn.

Doctors opine that a cause of esophageal cancer in patients over 60 is in fact acid reflux. Ignoring or putting off correction of a problem of acid reflux can mean that scar tissue, which grows to cover the ravages of corrosion and inflammation, can narrow the opening of the esophagus. Afterwards, bleeding or ulceration of the esophagus can result.

Doctors and paraprofessionals alike believe that certain modifications in lifestyle, including the addition of certain nutrients to one's food plan and the removal of others, can bring benefits to victims of acid reflux. Following these food plan recommendations with further diet principles can have a positive effect on your symptoms of acid reflux and on your well-being and health in general:

1. Eating high-fiber foods (whole grains, fruits, vegetables, for instance) can help your digestion, stop ulcers and eliminate toxins to reduce your susceptibility to acid reflux.

2. Fish and fish oil which have substantial anti-inflammatory agents in their omega-3 fatty acids can bring effective relief for acid reflux.

3. Eating smaller meals more often and snacks to improve the functioning of the digestive system, as larger meals are more of a challenge to digest.

4. Eliminating fatty and high calorie foods that take longer to digest and which are not easily eliminated from your body, therefore increasing the risk that acid will be thrown back up into your esophagus. Less of these foods reduces intestinal cell lining inflammation.

5. Placing limits on your ingestion of coffee, chocolate, alcohol and tomatoes that tend to debilitate the esophageal sphincter and therefore worsen cases of acid reflux.

The afore-mentioned dieting guidelines and others can bring considerable benefit to sufferers of acid reflux if followed correctly, yet they are but a minor component of the overall all-natural approach which targets the fundamental causes of acid reflux. The only possibility for permanent healing and prevention of acid reflux recurrence is the disappearance of all factors either internal or external that contribute to acid reflux by using the holistic approach.

Following a holistic program together with a food strategy for the right nutrition for GERD will let you to halt its symptoms and prevent its return permanently. You now know that your wearisome, distressing acid reflux condition can be eradicated forever by adhering to an overall holistic treatment.
About the Author
Jeff Martin is a certified nutritionist and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, Heartburn No More . To Learn More About Jeff Martins Unique Holistic Acid Reflux Cure System Visit: Acid Reflux
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