Acid Reflux Diet

acid reflux dietGastroesophageal reflux disease, more commonly referred to as acid reflux, is a medical condition in which the stomach’s liquid acid rises back up to the esophagus, causing the lining of the esophagus become eroded.  Although doctors may recommend drug treatments to minimize the effects of this chronic condition, it is best to conduct lifestyle modifications to prevent a patient’s GERD from worsening.

The gist

It is a common-yet logical-misconception that people with GERD should avoid eating certain foods that would promote acidity to the body such as coffee and spicy dishes.  However, research has shown otherwise, and it is now high time for patients to adopt a diet that can be used either on its own or with the help of other medications.

In a book by Jill Sklar and Annabel Cohen, "Eating for Acid Reflux," the secret lies in managing one’s eating conditions.  The Acid Reflux Diet is all about consuming small meals throughout the day.  Whenever large amounts of food are consumed, the stomach would have to work doubly hard to produce stomach acids for digestion.  Meanwhile, eating small amounts at a time prevents the stomach from getting overloaded with food while only small quantities of acid are released for food digestion.

The diet also advises patients to avoid certain foods such as high-fat meals, particularly from fast-food restaurants, as well a alcohol and soda.  Dieters are also advised to remain in a standing position for at least 45 minutes after each meal and have your last meal of the day three hours before going to bed.

Advantages

The Acid Reflux Diet is very easy to follow, as it only provided a few tips to remember. 

Disadvantages

Although it does not assure the dieter to lose weight instantly, he or she may realize the full benefit of this diet can be felt in a different manner.  For one, they would have lesser occurrences with heart burn, which if untreated may actually cause severe effects on the body.