This is NOT an article just bits and pieces I have found over the years.
As most of you know I have diverticulitis and bleeding ulcers. So I have always been prone to acid reflux. Solving this was just another challenge for me. Since I do love to eat, I decided to find the most popular things known to trigger reflux and the ones that aided in healing.
Here is a partial list of what I found.
Hope it helps or at east gives you some ideas.
High-fat foods tend to relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle, which usually stays tight to keep acid in the stomach and out of the esophagus.
Spicy foods can irritate the lining of the esophagus leading to heartburn in some people.
Tomatoes, citrus fruits, and onions are acidic and trigger heartburn in some people.
Mint, long thought to aid in digestion, tends to stimulate reflux in people with acid reflux disease.
Alcoholic drinks can damage the lining of the esophagus and the stomach. And fermented beverages, like wine and beer, can also increase the production of stomach acid.
Caffeinated drinks—including coffees, teas, sodas, and even hot chocolate—are a problem for some people with acid reflux disease. Even decaffeinated coffee, although better than regular coffee, is still acidic and can aggravate heartburn.
Sodas, even if they're caffeine-free, can trigger heartburn because they are carbonated.
Do not eat or drink before you go to bed. At least two hours before going to bed, avoid eating or drinking anything. Also, when taking naps, the chair is the best place to lie down. When pressed, a full stomach can cause the stomach contents to press harder against the lower sphincter muscle. This increases the possible refluxed of food.
Eating heavy meals is not advisable. Try taking small frequent ones instead.
Raising the head and shoulder, especially when sleeping, helps because gravity keeps the stomach contents -in the stomach. It won't matter what is used for elevation and how the head is elevated, as long as the head and shoulder are in upright position. Elevate the head of the bed about six to eight inches when lying down.
Do not smoke. Similar to alcohol, smoking increases the production of stomach acids.
Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn. Beverages such as beer, wine, and pop are notorious for stimulating stomach acid secretion. Beer doubles the production of stomach acid within an hour. Certain foods such as coffee, including decaf, tomatoes and tomato-based foods, citrus foods and juices, onion, spicy foods, and garlic, increase the production of stomach acids. Some of these foods also tend to aggravate the condition. Therefore, a change of diet might be an inevitable solution.
GOOD THINGS TO TRY!!!!!!!!!!!
Do eat apple, banana, cabbage, broccoli, carrots, green beans, and peas. Extra-lean ground beef and skinless chicken breast can also be eaten.
Oatmeal is just about the best breakfast and any-time-of-day snack recommended by The Reflux Diet.
It’s filling and doesn’t cause reflux.
Even instant oatmeal with raisins is “legal” because the oatmeal absorbs the acidity of the raisins.
In moderation, ginger is one of the best foods for acid reflux.
It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions.
Ginger root can easily be peeled, sliced, diced, or shaved using a grater. You can use it while cooking or add it to smoothies.
You could do worse than to eat a salad every day. Salad is a primary meal for acid refluxers, although tomatoes and onions should be avoided, as well as cheese and high-fat dressings.
Dressings that have some acid or fat can be added, but only one tablespoon (or less)—as measured, not guesstimated!
Bananas make a great snack, and at pH 5.6, they’re usually great for people with acid reflux.
However, about 1% of acid refluxers find that their condition is worsened by bananas.
So keep in mind that what works for most people may not work for you.
Melon (pH 6.1) is good for acid reflux. However, as with bananas, a small percentage (1% to 2%) of those with acid reflux need to avoid it.
Also included in the good-for-reflux category are honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.
Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function.
This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste—a mild licorice flavor.
Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.
Chicken and turkey
Poultry is a staple of The Reflux Diet. It can be boiled, baked, grilled, or sautéed (but not fried!), and you must remove the skin, which is high in fat.
Fish and seafood
Seafood is another staple of The Reflux Diet. It should be baked, grilled, or sautéed, never fried.
Shrimp, lobster, and other shellfish are also fine on this diet. Wild fish, not the farm-raised variety, is recommended.
Roots and greens
Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, and other greens are all great foods for the acid refluxer.
Pretty much all of the green and the root vegetables are recommended for people following this diet.
Celery has almost no calories because of its high water content, and is a good choice if you have acid reflux.
It is also an appetite suppressant and excellent source of roughage.
For thousands of years, parsley has been used as a medicinal herb to settle the stomach and aid digestion.
Flat-leaf and curly parsley are widely available, and they make a great seasoning and garnish.
Couscous and rice
Couscous (semolina wheat), bulgur wheat, and rice (especially brown rice) are all outstanding foods for acid reflux.
A complex carbohydrate is a good carbohydrate!
Edited by: CRAZYGAGRANNY at: 9/5/2011 (15:52)