Tips For The Best Acid Reflux Diet Plan

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Acid RefluxMost discomforts affecting quite a number of people globally are attributed to heartburn caused by acid reflux. Acid reflux is caused by the weakening of sphincter muscles hence allowing stomach acids to get into the esophagus.

According to a recent research study conducted by the American College of Gastroenterology, it emerged that over 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn on a daily basis. In most cases, acid reflux is caused by accumulation of acids when you eat certain foods that may trigger acid regurgitation in the stomach or the throat.

It is interesting to note that only a proper acid reflux diet plan can go a long way in helping you fight discomfort caused by heartburn. If acid reflux occurs, it could cause serious damage to the lining of your esophagus.

Tips for the Best Acid Reflux Diet Plan

The following are tips for the best acid reflux diet plan which acts as a perfect home remedy for heartburn.

two-peppersTip #1: Avoid spicy foods in your diet plan

Adding spices to food in most cases serves to make them more appealing and tasty to individuals with poor appetite. However, it is sad to know that certain spices are triggers of acid reflux. Try as much as possible to avoid eating spicy foods that weaken esophageal sphincter muscle. For instance, carbonated beverages, chocolate and caffeine may induce acid reflux.

Tip #2: Stay away from the sugary foods and drinks

Sugary foods are actually the leading cause of heartburn. Unfortunately, majority of people are not fully aware of this fact.

The rise in the number of people suffering from acid reflux can greatly be associated with the all time rise in the number of sugary sodas and desserts people have incorporated into their lifestyles. Sugary foods and drinks cause irritation to the digestive tract and you should therefore avoid them as much as you can.

Tip #3: Get rid of peppermint

Majority of people have not realized that including peppermint in their diets can cause accumulation of acids in the stomach in spite of the soothing relief it causes to their throats. Mints of all types stimulate production of acids in the stomach and may actually cause acid reflux. It is therefore recommended that you get rid of peppermint from your diet. Also, switch to non-mint toothpaste.

Tip #4: Include foods that are rich in fiber

Foods rich in fiber enhance the digestion of food along the digestive tract by making them bulky. You should therefore include fruits, vegetables and whole grains to avoid acid reflux and hence heartburns which occur when food overstay in the stomach. However, some tomato products, creamy and fried vegetables, and citrus fruits are rich in fiber but should be avoided since they trigger acid reflux.

Tip #5: Avoid high-fat meals

High-fat food may encourage acid reflux because such food tends to stay in the stomach longer than usual. This leads to the weakening of the LES muscle. You should therefore avoid high-fat foods in your diet plans to avoid acid reflux and strengthen your sphincter muscle tissue. Fish is the best alternative in this case since it is has less fat than lean meat.

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Brian Morrison has suffered from acid reflux and heartburn for years. Being a Naturopath, Brian has learned to control the disease using natural methods especially pertinent to diet. Brian writes about natural health treatments for many websites including http://homeremedieslog.com which has home remedies and natural cures for acid reflux and many other common health conditions.

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