Understanding GERD and Diet will give you relief and could decrease painful symptoms dramatically.
When you have been diagnosed with GERD not only is it important to watch what you eat but when you eat and how much. The larger the meal you eat the more the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relaxes and the more acid will be produced. This increases GERD and causes much discomfort.
Watching what you eat will provide relief but it is advised not to eat approximately two or three hours before going to bed. Lying down reduces the gravity that holds food and acid in the stomach and allows it to move into the esophagus more easily. This is another reason you should not lie down anytime after eating if you suffer from this disease.
What You Should Not Eat
There are certain foods that can aggravate acid reflux or GERD and make those who suffer from this problem more miserable. If your doctor puts you on diet, it is extremely important that you follow it if you want relief from GERD. Here are some of the foods that can cause an increase in GERD:
* Tomato Products – ketchup, sauces, tomato juice
* Alcoholic drinks
* Foods high in fat content
* Fried foods
* Drinks containing caffeine
* Fruits and juices containing citric acid
* Carbonated drinks
It is not worth the problems caused to eat something that you know is going to cause you to have GERD. This is a painful problem and often people feel they are having a heart attack due to the intensity of the pain in their chest.
What is Safe to Eat?
Some of the healthy foods that you can consume if you are a sufferer of GERD are low calorie foods. Different fruits and vegetables as well as fat-free milk or a low-fat milk are recommended. The foods you eat should be low in added sugar as well. The percentage of calories for the day’s meals from saturated fats should not exceed 8 to 10 percent. Sodium should be limited to 2400 milligrams per day. The calories you do consume should be only enough to keep cholesterol levels down and keep a healthy weight.
One of the major parts of a diet is to know what foods are more likely to cause a recurrence of GERD and act accordingly. If you are not sure, the best way to find out is to try the food and if it increases the symptoms, you know this is one food you should leave.
If it does not seem to affect your symptoms this should be fine.
Along with the foods you should or should not eat, there are other things you can do to reduce the symptoms. If you are overweight, eating healthier and losing weight will help to decrease the symptoms.
By following a few simple guidelines when it comes to GERD and diet, you should see a relief from the symptoms of GERD. The relief may not come overnight but it will come if you stick to a healthy diet and avoid the foods that you know are causing pain and discomfort.