acid reflux type symptoms

October 12, 2010

Foods To Avoid If You Have Acid Reflux

If you?re like me, by now you?re tired of people telling you what to eat for acid reflux. That?s the last thing I want to hear is someone limiting what I can do, especially when it comes to my food.

I found a simple solution to all this . . . simply make a ?small list? of what foods to avoid.

Expecting to tell someone what they can eat becomes more like a strict religion, might as well write a what-you-can -eat encyclopedia. Knowing what foods trigger acid reflux is nothing much more than a laundry list.

Once you understand the basic principle behind acid reflux prevention, it?s really just common sense.

However common sense isn?t so common when it comes to acid indigestion, especially since scientists estimate more than 15,000,000 Americans suffer from gastro-esophageal reflux disease and acid reflux type symptoms.

Knowing which few foods to avoid in order to prevent heartburn is a lot simpler and effective than popping heavy metal laden antacids, or ending up taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) for life.

Avoiding certain foods will eliminate these acid indigestion symptoms:

  • Burning pain in your chest (heartburn) or upper abdomen
  • Irritation in your throat
  • Acid taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Laryngitis
  • Chronic cough
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Nausea
  • Belching

Unfortunately these symptoms are so common and so nasty that most people go right out and buy whatever the last acid reflux commercial they saw told them too.

One of the biggest scams on the American public, besides anti-cholesterol satins, is acid reflux products. Truth is most people who are led to assume they have too much stomach acid really don?t produce enough.

A stomach acid deficiency still causes acid reflux, but for different reasons than you think.

Imagine all that food sitting in your gut just fermenting, until finally your body makes another shot of acid reflux and shoots it up into your throat. Why? Because ?your gut is full? of undigested food and believe me, it doesn?t take a large amount of stomach acid to feel like ?too much.?

This is what about 80% of people suffer from, maybe more, and it?s all because of a stomach acid imbalance. So the worst thing you can do is eat the wrong foods and pop antacid pills, which by the way have been proven useless and only cause more acid rebound later.

Here?s a humble laundry list of acid reflux triggering foods to avoid:

? Iceberg lettuce (indigestible) Try leaf or romaine.

? Milk chocolate ?Try organic dark chocolate.

? Soda pop- Try mineral water

? Dairy products- Try almond milk or raw goat products

? Gluten products- Try sprouted or real sour dough breads and pasta

? Alcohol- Try ?dry? red wine (low sugar)

? Animal fats- Try lean grass fed meats

? Onions- Try uncooked with greens

Everyone is different, so you can figure out the rest. But basically avoid ?refined? sugars, salts and oils, cut out the fatty meats and enjoy alkaline producing lemons and limes, but avoid sugary orange juice.

You were born to heal,

Todd M. Faass?

Health Ecologist

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