food tips/strengthening les pressure

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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 293
   Posted 12/19/2009 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
does anyone have any dietary suggestions for those of us with major reflux, gastritis. i thought alcie mentioned foods that stopped the reflux. anyone with any suggestions. i would eat dirt if it would stop the reflux. tips anyone? also, will coming off benzos and other pysch meds help gastritis and gerd. i read these med lower the les pressure, but also read that only surgery can tighten it. anyone know anything about this

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/19/2009 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Joe,

There are many threads here in the forum that speak to the foods that work and do not work for the members as each person is different.

The best diet to follow, IMHO, is one that includes the recommended daily allowances of cereals, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and meats. Eat small, frequent meals. Consume milk and dairy products only three times per day. These should be fat-free or low-fat to reduce stomach acid. Whole grains and breads made from low-fat products are easy on the stomach. They can be eaten often throughout the day. Some grains, such as saltine crackers, can help to settle the stomach and lower the acid content.

Foods that irritate the stomach will cause inflammation, which will trigger acid production or reflux. Limit any food that could cause heartburn. Avoid greasy, fried foods and foods that are very spicy, as well as alcohol. Stay away from gas-producing edibles such as cooked dried beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions, whole milk and some fruits. Too much gas in the stomach will cause pressure and bloating. Other things that may aggravate your symptoms are orange juice, lemons, lemonade, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, tomatoes, coffee, tea and other caffeinated or carbonated drinks.

I hope this gives you someplace to start and I know other members will be chiming in with ideas for you.

Take care,


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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/19/2009 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI told me the only way to strengthen the LES is through surgery.
Diet changes will help to some degree, but it's no cure.
He said the some people are born with a larger than normal crula (sp?), the opening that your esophagus goes through in your diaphagm. These people develop a HH and GERD. The only solution for these people is to have the opening repaired through a Nissen or the Hill.

I fought surgery after they told me, but I found a wonderful surgeon who helped me understand my condition and eased my fears.

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