The proper diet for managing your GERD symptoms is very important for sure. In this article, I’d like to explain more about what GERD is briefly, and then get into the diet part of it.
GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease is when acid goes back into the lower portion of your esophagus. That lower part of the esophageal sphincter serves as a protective factor that should keep acidic juices from backing way up into the esophagus.
What causes GERD can be any number of other digestive problems, such as the stomach being unable to empty out properly. This is known as gastroparesis.
Sometimes the lower portion of the sphincter does not function properly as a cause.
Other times, you have too much acid production within the stomach and this all comes right back up into the lining of the esophagus which is very painful.
With GERD, the primary symptom is heartburn that is either severe, moderate, or mild.
When you are given a special diet for GERD, it will usually be a diet that will help to avoid the irritation of your esophagus reflux.
The first thing you’ll need to do in this special diet is to lower the intake of large meals where you are overly stuffed. If you eat way too much food at a setting, and also on top of that, eat foods that are combined with grease, and high fat, this will surely bring on acid reflux and as a result, heartburn pain. In your diet for GERD, avoid foods that contain lots of grease and fat in it, and instead, eat lower foods in fat. Eat small portions of healthy foods, and do not overstuff yourself.
Foods that are spicy should be avoided. These foods will inflame your esophagus, irritate it to no end, and you will reflux for a long while, chances are.
Chocolates irritate acid reflux disease.
Coffee may be an irritant to your GERD. It really doesn’t matter whether or not it has caffeine. If it doesn’t irritate your reflux esophagitis, it will be fine. The only way to find out is to test it.
Carbonation in drinks may or may not strike up your reflux problem.
Tomato products and citrus fruits will likely strike up a lot of acid reflux and cause a lot of pain for several hours. Therefore, these things are best avoided.
A daily diet for GERD which is not irritating would be something that is like this for example:
For breakfast, skip orange juice but have milk instead. Have one bowl of whole-grain cereal types, along with a banana. This is one fruit without acid. Eat a slice of toast on whole wheat bread, lite butter or margarine. Add peanut butter or jam in 1 tbsp.
Lunchtime meals should have acid-free foods such as a protein serving, which could be lunch meat, served with mayonnaise on low-calorie, wheat bread, or you can choose soups which are usually fine and are not irritating to the esophagus.
Supper time foods should include foods that are lean and low fat, free of acid. Try eating for example, a lean piece of four-ounce meat such as chicken or ham, followed by a choice of any vegetables since no vegetable really has acid. Add one roll which can be wheat, and a tossed salad. Add a dressing such as lite Italian or Vinegar.
Eating snacks healthfully shouldn’t be hard to do. Graham crackers are an excellent choice, and a healthy one, or a granola bar. English muffins are good too with lite butter. Lite ice-cream is a good before bedtime snack as well.
So there you have it. On a diet like this, you can lose some weight which is better for acid reflux disease. And in the end, along with some medication and visiting a gastroenterologist, you should succeed in keeping your GERD problem at bay.