At Fusion Rx, based in Los Angeles, CA, we treat a tremendous number of cases of acid reflux. Changing your eating habits is one of the most critical aspects of controlling reflux symptoms. For that reason, we have provided a list of foods and beverages that commonly trigger or worsen the condition.
Vegetables like cabbage, kale, Brussel sprouts and broccoli are very high in fiber. This causes gas buildup in the stomach for many people, which can lead to acid reflux symptoms. The biggest problem is eating these vegetables uncooked, so try steaming or boiling them. However, this may not be sufficient to prevent reflux in all people, so it's possible that you need to avoid brassicas entirely.
Peppermint and spearmint cause the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which separates your esophagus from your stomach, to relax. This allows stomach acid to flow, or "reflux," back up into your esophagus, resulting in the telltale burning sensations in your chest.
Alcohol slows digestion and gastric emptying and inhibits the breakdown of starches, which allows the caustic brew of stomach acid and food to sit and cause symptoms. Although any kind of alcohol can do this, hard liquor is the worst culprit.
Like alcohol, high-fat meals slow gastric emptying, which causes your stomach to stay full longer. They also require larger quantities of stomach acid to digest. These combined factors trigger acid reflux in many people.
It's not usually necessary to forgo caffeine, but if it causes problems for you, you may need to reduce your consumption. As with mint, too much caffeine causes the LES to relax, allowing acid through.
Spicy foods, like those seasoned with cayenne, jalapenos, onions, garlic and other "hot" substances, can not only irritate the lining of the stomach but also cause the LES to relax.
Lemons, grapefruit, oranges and limes are common triggers for acid reflux in many people due to their acidity. Furthermore, because there is a high potential for negative interactions, ask us about any medications you take before consuming grapefruit.
This, too, causes the LES to relax.
Tomatoes, much like citrus, are very acidic and can trigger acid reflux. This can also occur if tomatoes are consumed with starches as the acidity inhibits their digestion.
Overeating causes the stomach to become stretched out, which applies pressure to the LES and forces it open.
If you feel like you're about to have an acid reflux attack, try taking two or three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar mixed into a cup of water. This trick has proven helpful to many people. However, this home remedy simply may not be enough.
Here at Fusion RX, we can answer any question regarding your current or potential medications. We’re also one of the few compounding pharmacies that compound drugs for both adults and children. Contact us today for more information.
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