What's the best food when you're suffering bad reflux?

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lozzy42
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   Posted 7/18/2011 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone tell me what the best foods are when you're getting acid reflux everyday??? I'm at my wits end. I get acid every day ( especially as the night draws on) I'm on pantaprazole 40mg( twice daily for the next week) and I can't seem to get the food thing right. I'll give you an idea what I eat ..........Breakfast nothing normally as I'm an insomniac and don't get up till about 10am, so I normally just have a ginger tea. Lunch... Salad with chicken, mayo, grated carrot, or sandwich with chicken and mayo I may have a low fat cake slice after. Dinner....Chicken ( again) veg or salad I might have a couple of biscuits or, a bit of toast later I also eat liquorice as I've read that's good for reflux. I don't drink fizzy drinks, I don't smoke or drink alcohol, I just don't know what to eat rolleyes Loz
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P.s Is milk bad for reflux? I can't drink soya as I'm hypothyroid and wondered if that's irritating me?

couchtater
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   Posted 7/18/2011 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Is you bed tilted (head raised)?
I'd eat something the first thing when I'd wake up. An empty stomach is a hungry stomach and a hungry stomach makes acid.

Try baked fish to get away from the chicken some.
I always have more mucous when I drink milk.
Try almond milk or rice milk.
Joy

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
for me nothing seems related to food, but be that as it may I've read that one of the best things you can eat is grapes, and a lot of them. If I were to have a severe attack I'd eat grapes for a day straight, up to 3 days. I've read it is great at realkalizing the stomach.

mock turtle
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   Posted 7/18/2011 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
well cooked (over cooked) brown rice is a food i have rarely if ever refluxed

i eat a bowl of it with a little organic chicken broth, or my own broth from a recently boiled whole chicken

two hard boiled eggs without the yoke...just two egg whites.... have almost never been a problem, and if i want to spice things up and am willing to roll the dice i mash them up in a little (little) mayo

i have almost never refluxed after eating one peeled apple..and then i eat nothing else for an hour.

ive been pretty successful eating one banana ( yes peeled ) turn

if you can, as an experiment, keep making your meals smaller and smaller for two or three days, until you can find a volume of food that is so small you dont reflux it back up

wait at least two,,,or three hours between each of these very small meals

for me when i was in crisis last year, that meal was two spears of asparagus and two slices of tofu the size of matchbooks

i stayed with that for 3 days and then slowly added something here an there

stop all eating around 6pm...dont drink anything after 8pm, dont recline till 10pm and as said above sleep on a wedge or with the head board of bed elevated...extra pillows under your head will not work and in fact may make things worse...the entire torso and head must incline

best of good luck to you
mt

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 7/19/2011 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
If you're an insomniac, make sure that you aren't snacking too late. When I'm tired like that my will power goes wayyyyy down and I commit what I call 'GERD sins'. For example, if I eat too much at dinner, or eat less than 5 hours before bed, I might not get heartburn that night but I'll pay for it the entire next day. Not fun :(

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   Posted 7/19/2011 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this and thought I would post it here :-) This is just FYI.
 

Safe Foods for the Acid Reflux Diet

Food Group Foods With Little Potential to Cause Heartburn
Fruit • Apple, fresh
• Apple, dried
• Apple juice
• Banana
Vegetables • Baked potato
• Broccoli
• Cabbage
• Carrots
• Green beans
• Peas
Meat • Ground beef, extra-lean
• Steak, London Broil
• Chicken breast, skinless
• Egg whites
• Egg substitute
• Fish, no added fat
Dairy • Cheese, feta or goat
• Cream cheese, fat-free
• Sour cream, fat-free
• Soy cheese, low-fat
Grains • Bread, mult-grain or white
• Cereal, bran or oatmeal
• Corn bread
• Graham crakers
• Pretzels
• Rice, brown or white
• Rice cakes
Beverages • Mineral water
Fats / Oils • Salad dressing, low-fat
Sweets / Desserts cookie, fat-free
• Jelly beans
• Red licorice
• Potato chips, baked

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lozzy42
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   Posted 7/19/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys that has really helped me tongue I have eaten 4 small meals today and as yet, no reflux!! I've also written my shopping list from the reflux friendly list that stkitt kindly posted ( thanks) I'm still in pain from the gastro endoscopy I had 2 weeks ago, but I've been told that can take a few weeks to settle down. I'm so glad I've found this site everyone is so friendly and helpful. Cheers all . Loz x

dencha
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   Posted 7/19/2011 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Great list, Kitt!turn

Hi Loz,
I think that everyone has different reflux triggers...what bothers one may not bother another. One thing for sure...if you've had trouble with a certain food, you'll probably always have that problem, so steer clear.

Here's a site that gives some general information about GERD triggers:
www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/heartburn-spot-your-personal-triggers

Good luck figuring it all out!
Take care,
Denise

sunbeam48
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   Posted 7/20/2011 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I found the info at this link VERY interesting. Our differences are huge. I think a lot of people do have individual food sensitivities to things like milk and gluten, so the safe foods aren't necessarily safe for everyone.
http://manageyourheartburn.com/hblist.php

Post Edited (sunbeam48) : 7/21/2011 5:08:06 AM (GMT-6)


mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/20/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm currently trialling coconut milk - you can buy it in a carton the same as you would soya milk. Doesn't taste strongly of coconut (to me anyway). It's not like the thick cream stuff you would use in cooking - it seems very similar to soya milk. I'd say it's worth a go if anyone is trying dairy free.

Not sure where you'd look for it in the States - in the UK it can be found in Waitrose!!
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 7/20/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
@ mudmagnetmum

I just realized, I drink coconut milk all of the time. I thought of coconut milk the canned stuff, which is very thick and used in cooking. I drink the carton milk all the time, haven't paid attention to its effects. I will next time. I would think the thick canned stuff would be even better for it?

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/21/2011 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I think there would be a lot of calories in the cream, especially if used frequently.

Worryingly, this says coconut milk and cream are strongly inflammatory
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3113/2
I'm not sure why. Olive oil comes up as strongly anti inflammatory, so it may be saturated fat issue.
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
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lozzy42
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   Posted 7/21/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
sunbeam48 said...
I found the info at this link VERY interesting. Our differences are huge. I think a lot of people do have individual food sensitivities to things like milk and gluten, so the safe foods aren't necessarily safe for everyone.
http://manageyourheartburn.com/hblist.php



Wicked Site.Thanks alot turn
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