Acid reflux, also known as “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease” or (GERD), is an inflammation of the esophogus. The condition is caused by acid from the stomach, backing up into the esophogus because the esophageal sphincter (the top opening that usually keeps acid contained) relaxes more often than it is supposed to, allowing stomach acid to flow up into the esophagus- hence that burn!
As an ocassional sufferer here are the Do’s and Dont’s for eating that have worked wonders for me.
Eating raw fresh ginger has been one of the most effective ways I found to halt my GERD flare-ups. Ginger is an incredibly powerful anti-inflammatory and GERD is a condition of inflammation. Looking for delicious ways to cook with ginger? Try my carrot ginger soup.
Not just for burns, aloe vera juice has been studied for its ability to heal membranes in the body. Enjoy an aloe vera spritzer — or if sparkling water bothers your GERD, try stirring a tablespoon of aloe juice into your iced tea.
Red wine flared, why you might not have to stop enjoying wine all together: taking a 3-4 day break can clear up symptoms for some. Wine in moderation is ok, but alcohol can be especially damaging to tissue that is already inflamed as it increases acid in your stomach.
Just as with alcohol, spicy foods can gets the gastric juices flowing which means double trouble if you have a GERD flare up. So say “adios” to your salsa and hot chilis for 3-4 days until symptoms subside.
Coffee and Caffeine
I’m a coffee queen, so this is a tough one for me! I find that simply limiting the amount of coffee does the trick — one less cup in the morning or skipping my afternoon cup. Depending on how severe your GERD is, you might want to switch to redbush tea, it’s a naturally decaffeinated beverage that also works as an anti-spasmotic, an extra benefits for your esophogus.
Oats are high in soluble fiber, which can absorb fat lingering in your digestive system as well as calm stomach acid. It’s a great way to “reset” your stomach for the day, instead of starting out with highly acidic coffee. Keep toppings to a minimum to get the full benefits.