Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"The Healing Effects of an Appropriate Acid Reflux Diet"

"The Healing Effects of an Appropriate Acid Reflux Diet"," The factors responsible for causing acid reflux are multiple: low pressure in the region of the esophagus, inappropriate activity of the lower esophageal sphincter (a muscular valve at the union between the esophagus and the stomach), excessive production of digestive acid or physiological abnormalities of the esophagus. The best way of controlling the condition is through the means of a good acid reflux diet. Due to the fact that excessive production of stomach digestive fluids aggravates the condition, an appropriate acid reflux diet should contain only foods that don't add to the stomach's acidity. First of all, avoid eating large amounts of foods that contain fat. When large amounts of fat-rich foods are ingested at once, the stomach can't manage to digest it properly and attempts to dissolve it by secreting more digestive acids. Although it is believed that dairy products have a calming effect on the stomach, milk can eventually increase the amount of gastric acid. It is very important to avoid smoking and the consumption of alcohol. Also, try to reduce the consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine (coffee, cola, black tea, cocoa, chocolate). Foods considered to be appropriate for people who suffer from acid reflux are: apples, bananas, cabbage, carrots, beans, peas, potatoes, rice, low-fat meat, bread, pasta and cereals. You may eat light meats such as chicken or fish, but try to place meat products on a secondary level in your acid reflux diet. In some cases, an appropriate acid reflux diet can even be a substitute for medication.