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What's The Relationship Between Acid Reflux And Diet?

Jan 29, 2008
After enjoying a full and heavy meal, you decide to spend a little time relaxing in front of the television to watch your favorite TV series. Suddenly, you feel a burning sensation starting to build in the upper section of your abdomen. Your chest feel like it's on fire and the burning feeling and slight pain starts to travel from your diaphragm, rising through your throat. Combined with a sour taste there is a feeling that food is entering your mouth again.

This condition, where stomach acid travels from the stomach to the esophagus, is what is know as acid reflux and acid reflux and diet are connected to one another.

The flow of stomach acid back into the mouth causes irritation and inflammation in the esophageal lining. Knowing the causes of acid reflux is essential in order to avoid the occurrence of this irritating and annoying condition.

Here are some of the causes of acid reflux:

* The Lower Esophageal Sphincter or LES is related to acid reflux because it is the valve that keeps the stomach acid in the stomach. When it is weak or damaged it is not be able to perform its task of keeping the gastric juices in place and acid reflux occurs.

* Certain foods are contributory factors to the weakening of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. Examples of these are chocolates, spicy foods, fatty foods, tomatoes and tomato-based products and drinks that contain caffeine or alcohol.

* Certain conditions like smoking, pregnancy and obesity are contributing factors to GERD as well as lifestyle choices such as meal consumption shortly before bedtime or wearing tight fitting clothes.

In order to minimize the occurence of GERD it is advisable to eat small amount of foods at frequent intervals instead of one big meal. Large meals are likely to lead to more bouts of painful acid reflux making you feel irritable. Everyday large consumption of fatty and spicy foods and chocolates should also be avoided. If you are worried about acid reflux, watch what you eat and choose only mild, and easy to digest food in moderate amounts.
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