Gastroesophageal reflux disease – The foods to avoid

The gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a graver form of digestive disorders, quite common in the times of now. This kind of suffering occurs due to the spontaneous opening of the lower esophageal sphincter or LES, a valve present at the lower end of the esophagus i.e. the tube which carries food from mouth to stomach. When this happens for several times and for an unspecific duration each time, and especially when the sphincter does not close properly, then problems like gastroesophageal reflux disease have a room to occur. What happens here is the content present in the stomach, soon after having a meal, begins to rise upwards into the esophagus, due to the uncovered food pipe. This type of a digestive problem is also called acid regurgitation or acid reflux, pertaining to the rising of the digestive acidic juices in the stomach that rise with the food.

Some symptoms of the gastroesophageal reflux disease or an acid reflux instance are:

Heartburn – a feeling of burning of the heart due to the rise of acid in the mid- chest area.
Burning sensations in the throat with sour burps.
A sour taste in the mouth and tongue.
Sensation of pain in the stomach and chest.
Pain and difficulty swallowing, or dysphagia.
Inability to sleep due to the discomfort.
Sensation of vomiting when sleeping.

If any of these symptoms, or many of them, occur immediately or in some time after having spicy or too hot meals, there are quite lot chances of it being a case of the GERD. This problem does not have a sole treatment, but by avoiding some foods, one can gradually defend himself from the next attack of GERD. Let us now check out what are the foods to avoid with acid reflux around the corner.

Alcohol: The greatest enemy of digestion when taken in large amounts. This ingredient has the potential to stimulate acids of the stomach to cause a reflux, leading to heart burns and GERDs.
Caffeine: Caffeine has a great role to play in the secretion of gastric acids and when it is consumed during or after heartburn, or when you know you get frequent heartburns, then you must avoid it.
Fried and fatty foods: These are the must foods to avoid with acid reflux occurring on a frequent basis.
Citrus fruits: It is very well known that citrus fruits consist of citrus acids in large amounts. So, to evade GERD from troubling you further, to avoid eating citrus fruits like oranges and limes, becomes utmost essential.
Spicy foods: Spices act like catalysts to the process of acid reflux. So you know what to do with them; avoid totally.
Carbonated drinks: No hard drinks does not mean yes to soft drinks. The carbonated ones especially. They trigger the acid reflux by increasing the pressure inside the stomach.
Milk: It is a myth that cold milk helps acid refluxes to calm down. Cold or hot, milk, do not forget that milk has lactic acid in it in every form, which favors the acid reflux and GERD activities. So, no milk for a few nights when you face acid reflux.