September 9, 2011
Diet for Acid Reflux Sufferers
Those who bear the yoke of acid reflux know the burden it places on both their dietary and lifestyle choices, as any misstep can result in painful heartburn and a further worsening of symptoms. The result of uncontrolled acid reflux can be permanent and, in almost all cases, will severely impact quality of life. It is therefore imperative that any individual who suffers from acid reflux knows their dietary limits, understands simple, effective natural remedies to combat bouts of reflux, and realizes that the ultimate diet for acid reflux generally involves reducing accumulated fat.
Diets that prevent reflux from occurring revolve around whole, unprocessed foods, and tend to include vegetable and fruit portions from organic sources. Apples, whether juice, dried or fresh, are excellent when chewed well, and bananas are also great for restoring a basic-low acid-level in the stomach.
Not all fruits provide relief for symptoms, however, and high acid orange juice, lemons, grapefruits, cranberries, and tomatoes should be avoided when possible. This includes lemons, grapefruits, and cranberries in all their forms-juices, etc.
Vegetables that work in the stomach to reduce acid levels include baked potatoes, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, green beans, and peas. Generally, any cruciferous vegetable, such as broccoli or cauliflower, as well as near any organic vegetable that is not processed, fried, or breaded, is safe for consumption. French fries, onions rings, and potatoes au gratin are excellent examples of vegetables that should be avoided.
Meats follow the well worn path lain out by our vegetable and fruit list, and includes items that most individuals would consider ‘healthy’, such as sirloin quality ground beef, at 96% protein. Steak that has been London broiled, chicken breast that lacks skin and is broiled or grilled with little to no added oils or fats, fish that has been prepared similarly, and egg whites or egg substitutes are also very safe to eat.
Many may be thinking that a life of skinless chicken breasts and apples can only lead to forbidden food cravings, and that mistakes are bound to happen. This is a valid concern, and addressing it both psychologically and physically is important for acid reflux sufferers.
When slip-ups do happen, understand that their are foods-and medications-that reduce symptoms after unsafe meals. Water, for instance, when one to two glasses are imbibed after meals, can greatly dilute acid levels. Almonds have also been proven to greatly reduce symptoms, and should be chewed thoroughly and eaten in the mornings. Fennel or chamomile teas also have strong acid reduction properties, and should be drank slowly. Lastly, ginger is an excellent supplement to take as either a candy, tea or capsule, as a means of reducing the effects of an acid producing meal.
Our final piece of advice for you concerns the predisposition towards acid reflux in those who are overweight or obese. Combating acid reflux in these cases should approach diet as a means to reduce body fat. The recommendations outlined here are an excellent way to begin the process of losing weight, as the reduction in hyper-palatable foods, like french fries and delicious onion rings, stems the process of overeating, and will result in gradual, effective fat loss. For more information on diets for acid reflux sufferers contact Reflux Remedy at www.refluxremedy.com today!