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   Posted 1/15/2004 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there.
i am fairly new to this. i have a question about foods that are good and bad for acid reflux.
what fruits are good and bad?
decaf coffee?
decaf tea?
what juices are ok??
please help me.
<3 sarah xo

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   Posted 1/16/2004 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarah,
I'm going to suggest that you go to the conditions site here and then go the "GERD, the Bad and the Ugly" (I think that's the name : ) ) -scroll down to bottom of page and click on GERD Information Resource Center. Then go to the FAQ's section. There you will find answers to most any of your questions, but in the's really such an individual thing as to what "triggers" your GERD (reflux). As I've mentioned previously here I love Italian, but Italian with tomatoes included just tear me up, so I try real hard to find alternatives (like olive oil and garlic). Sometimes just a big meal eaten and then going to bed afterwards can do the trick-it's generally recommended that you wait 3 hrs. after eating to lay down) and then have the head of the bed elevated 6-9 inches. Some med.s' can cause reflux, so check that out. The general recommendations are to lose weight if you need to, quit smoking (cause that's just a good thing to do : ) ), avoid alcohol cause that can relax the LES more and just try to listen to your body and what seems to upset you are the things to avoid. Hope this helps you, Sarah- Take care of yourself! Teri

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   Posted 5/19/2004 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
At one point I thought it would be good that I switched to decaf. I was told...I think by my doc, that it's not only the caffeine that aggravates the situation, but the actual coffee wonder why decaf didn't help. I agree, there hasn't really been any set foods I had to stay away from, depended on the state of my stomach at the time. In general though, doc told me to stay away from high cholesterol things, alcohol, smoking, caffeine. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 9/1/2004 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get low acid coffee from several online retailers. I tried Hevla coffee from and liked it. tongue There are a few different brands if you look for "low acid" coffee. I HAVE to have my caffeine in the morning but you could get decaf. Alcohol is the worst on my stomach, it's rare that I have any anymore. It's hard to tell what will bother you, some days a food hurts me and other days it doesn't. Pepcid complete seems to help my flare ups.

Post Edited (Nexiumlover) : 9/1/2004 2:57:47 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 11/23/2004 1:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Try sour kraut. A month ago I stumbled on a book on vegetables. In one of the chapters I read about sour kraut ( fermented cabbage ) and its beneficial effects on intestines. I ate one 1liter jar of it per day before meals for 10 days. I don't want to say that this therapy made away with my problems completely but one thing is sure: I don't have burning throat and bloating, belching and burning in my stomach subsided considerably. Make your sour kraut yourself from organic cabbages in the following way: 1. chop your cabbages 2. put the mass you obtain in a large enameled container in a few layers adding some salt to each layer and pressing until the chunks of cabbage give out juice (you should use 1/10 kg of salt for a 12 liter container). 3. Put some wooden plate and weight on top so the stuff stays compressed. 4. Cover with some mesh made of cotton and leave to ferment for about 2 weeks in a worm ( 10-18 degrees Celsius) place where the stink of gases won't bother you. After 2 weeks your sour kraut is ready. Take off the mould that often occurs on the surface. Don't get rid of the juice. Drink it with your sour kraut. This recipe worked for me. There is another one on If you live in Chicago go to a Polish deli and ask them about sour kraut made with traditional methods. They should have it in barrels with a lot of juice. I don't know what is the value of sour kraut available in food chainstores ( I did't go for it because of additives used in mass produced food) After drinking the juice or eating a lot of sour kraut don't go away from home as it is almost sure you'll get short lasting diarrhea (start the teraphy on the weekend). Try the above recipe. It won't hurt you. Stop eating foods containing sugar. Give up coffee, coke and fatty foods for a while. Good luck.

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   Posted 12/27/2004 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   


My mother and I have been suffering from acid reflux for most of our lives.  We have been on med's to control until we found food combining really helped.  There is a lot of information on the internet about this.  But the theory behind combining are the acids used to break down the foods.

Proteins (meat, fish, eggs) are broken down and absorbed by acids

Starches and carbs are broken down and absorbed by alkalines

When these two combine they cause a chemical reaction which both become ineffecitve at their jobs and disgestion stops in the intestinal tract.  The result is gas, bloating and heartburn.

As long as I don't combine proteins and starches in the same meal I am fine.  Once in awhile I will combine the two 50/50 mix, but I know it will make me sick.  If I combine a 25/75 mix I'm okay. But I don't do that often.  It's really simple and for both of us it has worked wonders.  It does take dedication as now your menu planning will change but we have found it well worth it.  I have cut back coffee to 2 a day max and have my glass of wine with dinner (but I can still include it without problems).  I have also cut back (or out) fried foods and sugar and that makes a big difference. 

A bonus for us, is we can now eat fruit again.  The acids from fruit / fruit juice gave us instant acid reflux.  But consuming fruit on it's own lets it process without other acids getting in it's way.  Fruit is best eaten alone or 30 min after a meal and fruit juice best consumed alone or with the fruit, but not with your meal.

We have been doing this for a couple of years now and neither one of us need to take med's any longer.

Good luck to everyone and I hope this helps. - Cynja


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   Posted 3/22/2005 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
This sounds very much like the slimming world diet carbs one day proteins another is it the same????
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