With more than 65 million Americans suffering from acid reflux, you’d think we’d know the cause and how to stop it.
The good news: We do know how to stop it
The bad news: You usually have to change what you are eating
Now, the good news about the bad news is that the foods you can eat are amazing. And, with a little help, you can discover a world of incredible, healthy, unprocessed foods that delight the palette.
When I first discovered the culprit behind my constant throat clearing, the sour taste in my mouth I awoke to every morning, my ear nose and throat doctor told me to stay away from:
The first two items were devasting – okay – so I’m using a little hyperbole. And, on the third no-no, I naively asked, “by alcohol, you mean hard liquor, not wine, right?” You can guess his answer.
He gave me little pamphlet on preventing reflux, after looking at my espophagus, and reporting it was the most irritated one he’d seen ….ever – and he even ordered a barium exam to make sure nothing was growing in there.
Some things in the pamphlet didn’t ring true for me – like tomatoes. Those didn’t seem to bother me. And lemons? I knew that lemons were not acidic, but rather alkaline. Other citrus fruits, some, yes.
Some Common Causes:
Let me begin by saying that if you eat the “typical” American diet, AND you are overweight or eat too much in one seating, don’t be surprised that your body is revolting! Why do you think that more than 33% of Americans according to one study, suffer from acid reflux symptoms? View this chart to get an idea of what foods cause the problem. You can read more about changing your diet to be more alkaline than acidic here.
Pregnancy: For most women Acid reflux goes away after pregnancy. The hormones associated with pregnancy AND the pressure on the stomach contribute to the problem.
First of all, you’ll see on this chart that alcohol is acidic. Alcohol may relax the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus.
Not enough “acid” in the stomach
Not enough digestive enzymes in the stomach: Contrary to popular belief, acid reflux could be caused by not enough digestive enzymes in the stomach to slow down the digestive process, causing grastic acids to accumulate and back up into the esophagus.
For you smokers, I’m not going to spend much time on this. Because if you don’t want to quit smoking, then you probably won’t want to do the rest of what is required to get your body healthy. Here’s an article at WebMD for you: http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/heartburn-tobacco-connection
And then there are the triggers – food, Ibuprofen, Naproxen….
What’s a girl, or guy to do?
Trust me, it’s the road to recovery can be rather quick. I’ve done my research and want to share with you what worked for me.
So, what’s your reflux trigger?