What Causes Acid Reflux

Need heartburn relief? Avoid the foods and beverages above – and eat smaller meals – and you may decrease the amount of reflux from your stomach into the esophagus. With or without caffeine, coffee might promote reflux symptoms. However, some people with GERD tolerate coffee well. Pay attention to your symptoms, and only consume beverages that you tolerate well. You might also notice symptoms after taking medications or supplements. If this happens, speak with your doctor. They may be able to recommend alternate medications or strategies to manage your symptoms.

Coffee and other caffeinated products have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of acid reflux symptoms. This often occurs when people consume a large cup of coffee right after their meals. Try drinking less coffee (decaffeinated coffee doesn’t always help) or switch to green or lemon tea. Foods and beverages view like these contribute to heartburn (and the more serious GERD ) by lessening the effectiveness of the LES to keep stomach contents in the stomach. Smoking also plays a large role, and carbonated beverages should be added to the list as they can put pressure on the stomach, forcing stomach acid back up into the esophagus.

Beer, liquor, and wine are believed to contribute to reflux. Many alcoholic beverages are not very acidic. However, alcohol is believed to relax the valve at the bottom of the esophagus (where it joins the stomach), leading to reflux. Cocoa is naturally acidic. When combined with milk and sugar, it increases reflux symptoms. If you consume chocolate on a regular basis, it may be beneficial to reduce to about one small serving a week. Dark chocolate also works better than milk or white chocolate. Vegetables are naturally low in fat and sugar, and they help reduce stomach acid. Good options include green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers.

Like smoking, caffeine ups acid production in the stomach and opens the lower esophageal sphincter. Fruits can be tricky. While most of them are healthy snack or breakfast options, some acidic fruits can do more harm than good. Examples include apples, oranges, bananas, berries, peaches and papayas. Try consuming more alkaline (yet equally delicious) fruits like grapefruits, cantaloupes, nectarines, currants and watermelons. Switch processed fruit juices with fresh-pressed juices and vegetable juices. Does this mean you just have to live with heartburn ? No! A recent survey conducted by the National Heartburn Alliance (NHBA) revealed that 92% of frequent heartburn sufferers point to food as the primary cause of their digestive discomfort.

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