The Best Acid Reflux Disease Diet
Acid reflux disease, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a very irritating and painful problem. It can lead to uncomfortable problems such as heartburn and can sometimes be mistaken for having a heart attack. Someone who is having a heart attack can also appear to be having GERD, so it is important to know which you are having and how to treat it.
Many people concern themselves with heartburn because those are the symptoms they feel, however, those with chronic heartburn are most likely not the real problem, it is just a symptom of the underlying disease, GERD. So if you can get rid of your acid reflux problem, you can seriously reduce your incidences of heartburn.
So what is acid reflux disease and how do you know if you have it?
Acid reflux disease is defined as:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is defined as chronic symptoms or mucosalor damage produced by the abnormal reflux in the esophagus.
Definition courtesy of wikipedia
So how do you know if you have it?
You may have a good idea that you have it, but the only real way to know is to be diagnosed by a doctor. Again, this disease is the underlying root problem of chronic heartburn. You can have heartburn and not have this disease.
If you have it, how do you treat acid reflux disease? While this disease can be genetic, much of the underlying cause is due to poor diet. Change your diet, and you can help fix your problem. So what type of foods make up the best acid reflux disease diet?
Principles of an Acid Reflux Diet
There is no specific diet one can use such as the Mayo Clinic Diet (TM), or the South Beach Diet (TM) that is necessarily best for acid reflux disease, however, there are some principles that should be followed if you want to get a handle on this problem.
Acid Reflux Disease Diet Video
Chew your food slowly. Since we are trying to ease the strain on the digestive system, this is one of the most important facetes of the acid reflux disease diet. How many times should you chew each bite? It depends on the food. At least 30 times. If it is a food such as a french fry, a family member of mine who is a nutritionist you should chew 50 times. This doesn't sound very appealing, but it will make a difference. For one, you will naturally eat less. You should notice that your food is becoming liquified and you can actually enjoy the taste of you food longer. Many people eat seconds because they are eating for the taste and not the appetite. You can avoid this if you slow down and chew your food properly.
Avoid Fatty Foods. Rich fatty foods such as hamburgers and french fries are harder to digest, especially when consumed together. Tough digestion is one of the leading causes of heartburn and frequently doing this to your body can lead to damage which can lead to this disease.
Don't overeat. The whole principle of eating a healthy diet insists that you don't overeat. It is crucial to having any hope of overcoming acid reflux disease. The core issue behind this condition is that the acids in your stomach are having to work overtime and seep into your esophagus. This is compounded when you have a full tummy. The acids then have nowhere to go but up. Eventually, this wears on the valve between your esophagus and stomach and damages it. Again, chewing your food slowly will help fix this problematic habit.
Avoid drinking sodas. Soda is very acidic. In fact, because of the carbonation, it is one of the most acidic drinks you can consume. From a ph level, and remember we are trying to help with excessive acid, it takes 3 days for your body to recover from drinking just one soda. This is how acidic pop is. Just imagine when you drink a 6 pack or 12 pack of soda the damage you are doing. I find that pop is one of my main triggers for heartburn.
Chew foods that increase saliva production. Chewing on foods that will help your body create more salive is also a good idea. Saliva is low on the acidic scale and is one of the first steps in food digestion. This will help make it easier on your stomach creating less risk of heartburn. An example of this would be to chew gum. I suggest you stay away from processed sugar gums. Try going to the health store and looking for a healthier gum. I personally chew on a brand called Peelu. Peelu was used by the Indians to keep their teeth and gums clean and to avoid tooth decay.