What beverages can you tolerate with GERD?

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judy02
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   Posted 1/28/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wondered, with me it seems I tolerate very little. I can't have too much in the way of acidic drinks, carbonated drinks, or too much sugar and definetely no alcohol. Doesn't seem to leave much room for anything other than water! tongue
 
I so badly want to be able to try and live as normal a life as possible and possibly maybe be able to go out on evenings out again? Just wondered what everyone else is like? Maybe I just need to drink water in between each drink at least...hmmm. I know it could be partly my anxiety playing a part here, I know anxiety can make acid problems worse, so I can get anxious when I have those sorts of drinks too...what does everyone else here do?
 
Thanks for any feedback, interested in hearing how everyone else copes?

Alcie
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   Posted 1/28/2011 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
For GERD you should stay away from alcohol altogether. It can loosen the LES and make reflux worse.

But there's nothing stopping you from going out in the evening. I'd avoid bars because the smoke can worsen GERD, but there are still plenty of things you can drink there, or preferably in restaurants. I have no problem with tea, although I generally carry my own teabags to be sure of getting a variety I like. I prefer green teas and especially decaf tea. Decaf coffee in small amounts is ok for some, but it does have a fair amount of caffein.

I actually like mineral water. I prefer the kind without the carbonation, but you can swirl it around and wait a while and a lot of that will dissipate. I keep an open bottle handy at home because I don't especially like the taste of plain water.

Some fruit drinks are ok, but avoid lemonade, not only because of the acid, but it's loaded with sulfite.
Alcie
 
 

judy02
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   Posted 1/28/2011 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
What fruit drinks can you have Alcie?
Thanks for your reply.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,  If chocolate shakes are a beverage, they cause regurge for me but how I love them.  I tolerate sodas, water, apple juice, iced green tea, coffee, decaff and so on but I am lucky.
 
Thinking of you,
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theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/28/2011 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a grad student and get frustrated when people go out and I can't get anything but Pineapple juice usually. BUT, I have read that pineapple juice has enzymes and is good for GERD. Other than that I stick to water, and almond or soy milk with my cereal. I love green tea but can only drink decaf.

Catlady3
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   Posted 1/28/2011 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Pretty much just water unfortunately!

Ag10
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   Posted 1/28/2011 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I can do decaf tea, ginger ale, and water....that's about it. Love diet coke but it doesn't agree with me anymore!

judy02
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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wondering how to cope when going out? I'm guessing I could just get water and ignore what anyone else thinks! ;)

LdyJane
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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm back to nothing..yep, nothing; even water gives me heartburn...

Catlady3
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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the Nissen fundoplication but right now my asthma has flared up so my acid reflux has also gotten worse so even water is not comfortable - unfortunately I've been drinking tea which is not great with acid reflux but soooo tired of just plain water - I hadn't found anything that was tolerable.

judy02
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   Posted 1/30/2011 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies everyone, interesting to read. This is obviously something that varies from each individual.
 
Hope you feel better soon catlady. :(
 
It's funny how many people with GERD have mentionned milk being a source of trouble, I often find milk helpful. Although the less fatty the better. I have switched to rice milk.

Alcie
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   Posted 1/30/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no trouble with apple juice or cider. If I could tolerate the sulfites in corn syrup I could probably have some of the cranberry juice drinks or grape juice, especially white grape, mixed with apple juice. I do get peach juice when I can find it without additives. I don't drink a lot of juice, as it is mostly sugar water, even the pure ones.
Alcie
 
 

judy02
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   Posted 1/31/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I can sometimes have fruit juice in very small amounts. Peach juice would probably be quite nice and gentle on the stomach...it does really annoy me though when some have added sugar in there, fruit tastes sweet enough without sugar additives!

couchtater
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   Posted 1/31/2011 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard pineapple juice is soothing.
Joy

mattlbue
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   Posted 1/31/2011 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink milk (semi skimmed) apple juice press not from concentrate and water - occasionally have a tiny sip of diet coke
 
I have never drunk alcohol so never worry about the stuff

DAKDAK
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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Almond milk doesn't seem to bother me.

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   Posted 1/31/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Nothing at the momentt :(
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Cecelia
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   Posted 2/7/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody ,
Not sure in which countries you all are ..  but in South Africa we have a wonderful herbal tea called Rooibos, which is now marketed in several countries ...  doesnt contain caffeine, and safe and soothing.  Even babies allergic to milk thrives on this ... so hope whereever you are, that you can get hold of this ..
Cecelia
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