Nutrition Facts for people with GERD

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stkitt
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   Posted 9/4/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Nutrition Facts

A diet designed to prevent or reduce acid reflux is usually easy to follow. The basic food groups of cereals, vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and meats can be eaten with only a few limitations. So, this diet generally meets the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) of the National Research Council. A vitamin C supplement may be needed if an individual does not tolerate citrus foods such as orange, tomato, etc.

The lower esophageal muscle can be weakened by factors other than food. The following recommendations may be helpful in reducing symptoms:

  1. Stop using tobacco in all forms. Nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle.
  2. Avoid chewing gum and hard candy. They increase the amount of swallowed air which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.
  3. Do not lie down immediately after eating. Avoid late evening snacks.
  4. Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.
  5. Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.
  6. Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.
  7. Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.
  8. The following foods aggravate acid reflux, and should be avoided:
    • fatty or fried foods
    • peppermint and spearmint
    • whole milk
    • oils
    • chocolate
    • creamed foods or soups
    • most fast foods
  9. The following foods irritate an inflamed lower esophagus and may need to be limited or avoided:
    • citrus fruits and juices (grapefruit, orange, pineapple, tomato)
    • coffee (regular and decaffeinated)
    • caffeinated soft drinks
    • tea
    • other caffeinated beverages
  10. Spicy or acidic foods may not be tolerated by some individuals.

This is just a very brief guideline for people just starting out with sx.  Please remember I am not a physician and each person is different.  What works for one may not work for another.

Feel free to add you comments................Happy Eating.

Kitt

 


 

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rudy66
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   Posted 9/21/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
then what heck do you eat?????
I have acid reflux and I notice it is getting worst with the belching and fluttering in the chest, I'm taking prevacid doesn't seem to be working. could you list the food's I should be eating..
I would appreciate it.
thank you
Mary.B

stkitt
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   Posted 9/21/2009 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Mary,

Here is a tool that may help you.  Remember each person is different and all this info is a guideline but you must know which foods are ok for you and which foods may trigger your GERD.

http://www.heartburnalliance.com/pdfs/stopandselect.pdf

Good luck and stick with us. 

Kitt


 

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cez
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   Posted 9/23/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw the charts and it's so not true for me. I think I have some sort of allergy to grains and wheat and stuff like that cause more bloating and reflux. So Mary, I suggest you keep a diary of food that seems to trigger your reflux and adjust from there. For me, a low carb and high protein diet helps so I eat a lot of meat (yes, even fried ones :P) and vegetables for fiber. Also the size of the meal is one very important factor. Get used to stopping before you feel full and it would greatly ease the symptoms. At least that's how I deal with it. Hope this helps!
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