Great and what a timely post. Recently I am researching into diet.
Certain qualities of diet that have helped me and others:
low-fat -> absolutely necessary, promote gastric emptying.
alkaline -> lower acidity according to Dr. Kaufman's research, but personally I find kiwi works very good for me in reducing indigestion although it's acidic. Another counter-example: ACV sometimes works for me too.
low-carb -> beneficial to those who have problem digesting carbs, to avoid bloating and gases.
high-protein -> it's believed protein can increase LES pressure, but no one has yet reported the benefit of a high-protein diet.
vegan -> ?
The following adjustments very much depend on individuals:
cutting out food containing lactose -> to avoid lactose intolerance
cutting out food containing fruitose -> tp avpod fruitose intolerance
cutting out gas producing food like soy, broccoli etc
I made an interesting recovery today that prompted me to research into diet. I stopped a flare-up immediately after taking something very bitter. No one has so far reported the effect of bitters on GERD. I guess it's because eating bitter is a rare event for all of us. So I want to explore this matter further.
According to a website, bitters can trigger secretion of saliva, digestive juices, pancreatic juices, bile and thus improve digestion tremendously, reduce anxiety and stress, activate the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (what does it mean?), improve nerve tone of the muscles of the entire digestive tract (sounds great, does it have effect on LES?)
Post Edited (WJF) : 5/22/2012 8:47:47 AM (GMT-6)