October 22, 2010

Foods You Can Eat With Acid Reflux

Whether your acid reflux problems are triggered from too much or too little stomach acid, you need to find the best diet to promote proper digestive balance.

There?s an old saying that variety is the spice of life. So the worst thing you can do if you want to cure your acid reflux would be to eat the same thing all the time.

Truth is millions of people crave one kind of food and what?s worse is when they eat one brand of one kind of food.

In fact that may be the best thing you can do for your acid reflux symptoms; eat foods that are different in some way. It could be the monosodium glutamate (MSG) content, or the aspartame (a.k.a. NutraSweet) content, maybe it?s nitrates or one of the hundreds of other processed food additives and preservatives.

Besides all this chemicals are bad for you in other ways than triggering acid reflux or heart burn.

Acid indigestion is a very serious health problem, especially in first world countries. Mainly because eating microwaved, fried and processed foods leaves your body empty of any nutrients.

Your body will live long and well by simply eating more raw fruits and vegetables and less animal sourced protein. You see, eating foods that are processed with chemicals, foods that are over cooked and basically anything dead, is bad for you.

It may not show ill effects for years, but the bottom-line is raw fruits, vegetables and herbs and spices contain their own enzymes and minerals for one.

Your body can?t digest everything with stomach acid; your body needs these vital enzymes and cofactors to help them digest.

Indigestion is what happens when there isn?t anything to help your body breakdown food into nutrition.

After all the reason we eat is to provide nutrition.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) takes nutrition away from your muscles and tissues, leaving you with acid indigestion, acid reflux and heartburn.

There?s an old saying, ?It?s not so much what you eat, it?s what?s eating you.? This also applies to acid reflux problems. In other words, there?s a reason people in America eat too fast. The reason is that they are ?preoccupied.?

It is important to eat right, yet just as important, is that you enjoy eating the right foods. Acid reflux and all indigestive issues are inflamed from eating on the run, or not taking the time to chew your food.

You should set aside 20 minutes to chew your steak, rest 5 minutes and take another 20 minutes to enjoy your salad, etc . . .

Notice your eating the salad after eating the steak. American?s get this backwards. In Europe it has been tradition to eat the salad after the main course. Europeans also take 2 to 3 hour lunches in most countries as well.

It?s best to eat your protein first, then your carbs . . . try it, you?ll lose weight too!

In America everyone is wolfing don?t everything while standing up, driving or talking on the phone while on the way to something else.

Look at your acid reflux as a blessing- it?s trying to tell you to slow down and select the right foods. It?s asking you to take the time to taste your food and learn to eat things separately instead of piling everything on top of the same plate.

No wonder Americans have so many health issues- we all need to be grateful for our humble portions and learn to enjoy the benefit of eating the right diet . . .then acid reflux, heartburn and esophageal acid reflux disease (GERD) will become a thing of the dark past, a past of a faster less health conscious age.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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