Six Foods to Avoid in GERD

GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) also commonly known as acid reflux disease is a common medical problem with a prevalence rate of more than 10% (up to 20 to 25%). It is a disease of GIT (gastrointestinal tract), certain foods should be avoided, and certain foods to be consumed in GERD to reduce symptoms (as well as suffering due to GERD) of acid reflux disease.

The following foods should be avoided if you are suffering from symptoms of GERD or acid reflux disease:

Chocolates:

If you are a chocolate lover as well as sufferer of acid reflux disease; bad news for you, because chocolates are not good for acid reflux disease, although there are several health benefits of chocolates. Eating chocolate seem to increase risk of acid reflux in compare to eating other foods. Many of the contents of chocolate such as caffeine (as well as other stimulants such as theobromine which increase risk of acid reflux), high fat content, cocoa etc. increase acid reflux.

Alcohol:

If you love alcohol (and suffer from GERD), you have bad news, as any type of alcohol (beer, wine, whiskey, rum etc.) can cause relaxation of lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and increase acid reflux. Although alcohol is not acidic, any reflux of gastric content can irritate esophageal mucosa and cause GERD. If you can not abstain from drinking, it is better to take only a drink or two a day and avoid mixing of soda or acid mixers such as orange juice.

Soda:

If you have GERD avoid soda in all forms, e.g. along with alcohol or carbonated beverages or soft/cold drinks (coca cola, pepsi etc.). Soda or carbonated beverages, release carbon dioxide after reaching stomach, which cause bloating of stomach and contribute to acid reflux by increasing pressure. Soda with caffeine is worse.

High fat red meat:

High fat cut meat such as beef, pork, lamb etc. stays longer in stomach and increase acid secretion (high protein food increase acid secretion from stomach) and takes longer to digest increase risk of acid reflux. If possible, reduce intake high fat red meat if you have GERD. Red meat is also not good for heart health (cardiovascular health).

Fried foods:

Fried food is well-recognized cause of acid reflux and should be avoided in GERD. Fried foods also provide high calorie and cause obesity, a risk factor for acid reflux disease or GERD.

Caffeine:

If you drink coffee or tea a cup or two a day it is fine. If you drink several cups of coffee a day, you are inviting acid reflux disease, if you already do not have. If you love coffee/tea, it is better to switch over to green tea or herbal tea for better health and avoid acid reflux disease.

 

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