Acid reflux is a common problem that affects most of us from time to time, especially if we have been over indulging in spicy foods or have eaten too much.
However you don’t have to have an unhealthy diet to suffer from acid reflux and you don’t necessarily have to have eaten too much either.
Acid reflux can be caused by some surprisingly healthy foods as well as the usual unhealthy culprits.
What are the symptoms of acid reflux?
The most common symptoms are heartburn, chest pain which sometimes can mistaken for a heart attack, the bitter taste of acid coming up from the stomach into your mouth, a burning pain and nausea. In addition there are other acid reflux symptoms that are not as easy to spot.
These include sore throat, a choking feeling and trouble in swallowing and more.
If you suffer from these types of symptoms, especially the chest pain, it is important to get checked out by a doctor or specialist.
Once you have done that there is a lot you can do to help yourself.
What causes acid reflux?
Lots of things. Sensitivity to fried foods is common, as are large meals eaten before bedtime, alcohol, stress, spicy food and foods which are high in fats. These are all common triggers.
Food does not have to be unhealthy to cause you a problem. Starches like oatmeal, beans and tofu can be a cause of acid reflux in some people. Oatmeal! It seems so bland yet, for some people it is a cause of pain.
Fruit can be a problem . Some people are sensitive to strawberries, grapefruit, apples or even bananas.
Cucumber is very well known for causing acid reflux, as are onions. Less well known is that cabbage and tomatoes can also be common triggers.
Honey can cause acid reflux too and drinks including tomato juice and even milk can also aggravate the condition.
Because we are all different our sensitivity to food is equally varied. Acid reflux can sometimes be linked to a sensitivity or intolerance to certain food groups such as lactose or wheat.
If this is you then discovering and then cutting out the food group or specific foods which are causing you the problem may be enough to stop the problem.
What can you do?
Keeping a food diary will help you identify your problem.
Acid reflux usually comes on fast after eating so you should be able to identify your problems equally quickly. The good news is that any changes you make will probably also make an almost instant difference.
Many people find that simply knowing their triggers and the types of foods to avoid will be enough to cure it.
For some it is simply a case of aging. For example as we get older many of us just can’t take those late night takeaways any more. Lying down and sleeping after a big meal and alcohol is a very common trigger for acid reflux.
Alternatively, you may find you have become sensitive to one simple ingredient or one whole food group.
Inactivity can increase the symptoms of acid reflux too so it is important to ensure you increase your exercise levels and get more active.
Don’t ignore acid reflux
Acid reflux can be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition and can cause medical problems if left untreated too long. It is important to take medical advice and not just suffer in silence.
However, the good news is that for many people making some dietary and lifestyle changes is enough to end to the misery of acid reflux forever.
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