Healthy Eats – Living With Acid Reflux
Crash Course on Acid Reflux
Acid produced by your stomach can move up into your oesophagus if your lower oesophageal sphincter doesn’t close properly. This can cause symptoms such as heartburn. If it persists, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The Problem with Acid Reflux
Most people in their lifetime will suffer from acid reflux at least once but for a lot of people it is a daily thing. This makes it hard for them to eat and consequently causes even more problems. They require a special diet and this blog post is going to explore that in-depth and also ways to prevent it from ever happening to you!
A breakfast staple, oatmeal is the best thing for you to chow down on when you’re plagued with oatmeal. Add a banana to it which is also known to fight reflux because two is better than one. Swap out cow milk for any vegan alternative if you’re lactose intolerant or if milk triggers acid reflux for you.
Vegetables and Fruits
Although this sounds like any other diet in the world “Eat your Greens”, certain vegetables have a calming effect on your gut like parsley and celery. Fruits in general are great except citrus fruits which are acidic in nature.
Hey Ginger, ginger!
Ginger is known to cure acid reflux. It has been used throughout history as an anti-inflammatory and as a treatment for gastrointestinal conditions. You can grate it, chop it up or use it in smoothies. Better yet, check out the blog on “Water Mixology for Weight Loss: Special Tonics” (kindly link this blog) It has 5 special tonics to help your gut feel better and keep the reflux at bay.
Yogurt is possibly the best solution to the terrible effects of GERD or Acid Reflux. It has probiotics which means it helps you digest all your food and soothes your stomach. You don’t even need to eat plain yogurt. Mix it up by adding fruit in it. Trade up for frozen yogurt instead. It also makes a great snack for your midnight cravings. For more healthy snacks to satiate your midnight cravings, check out the blog “Healthy Midnight Cravings”( kindly link the blog).
It is a wide misconception that all fats are unhealthy and that you shouldn’t consume fats at all. On the contrary, we need fat to survive. Especially, healthy fats! Healthy fats such as nuts, coconut oil and ghee(clarified butter) is extremely beneficial to combat Acid Reflux. Coconut oil has recently been all the rage. It is organic and beneficial in every ailment known to man.
Of course, lean meat and fish are also great since they are low in fat. But Acid Reflux uniquely affects people. Hence it is necessary to maintain a list of trigger food. Here is a general list of food and beverages to avoid when suffering from GERD:
• Alcohol, caffeine and carbonated beverages
• Sugar and artificial sweeteners
• Fried and processed foods