Optimum diet for acid refluxers

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Hey there. I'm looking for some advice on what to eat to help control and manage acid reflux better. Any good advice would be appreciated.

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    There is no easy answer to this.

    We are all different and manage foods differently. You are best advised to keep a food diary and attempt to identify your own particular trigger foods to avoid.

    Food lists and diets abound on the net with diets that others have found useful but may not actually be pertinent to you.

    The banned foods list actually often includes misinformation with some perpetuated myths. I am sending you a link by P.M. to a free download of a recipe book produced by my patinet support charity a few years ago and endorsed by a top gastroenterologist, that others have found useful.

    Meanwhile, fatty foods are possibly the worst culprits as they reside longer in the stomach and don't break up with acid which can cause extra acid to be produced that's not neutralised.

    Myths that are propagated include spicy food. If this were the case, the Asian subcontinent would have a higher incidence of acid reflux induced probems. We may think it burns because of the burning sensation at the back of the throat and if we have any inflammation in the oesophagus, we may feel it pass over it but it is rarely an actual trigger and some of the spices (eg cucumin) can be beneficial.

    Acid and alkaline foods is another myth since their pH varies only marginally from neutral 7 whereas the acid in the stomach is a strong pH 1.

    Milk also. It contains animal fats and milk + acid produces casein (a plastic) that can actually cause problems.

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      I have been keeping a diary and so far what I've picked up are that stews like tomato stews, or heavily spiced or peppered stews really make my stomach and chest feel terrible. Dairy too has caused me to feel somewhat bloated and I have lots of trouble with eating red meat. But thanks for the link, it's very helpful. I would really just like to get my old body back. Have already lost A LOT of weight and I still have 20 kgs more to go before I'm back to my old weight of 60 kgs. So thanks. Really appreciate your help
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      Oh please do I'd welcome your suggestions. I've been reading the book "Dropping Acid" but it's not all that helpful and I end up buying things I don't really need and eating things I actually can't stomach. I am allergic to seafood so fish is definitely a no-no and I'm trying to get my health back. So far what changes have been achieved through diet *I ate everything boiled and cut out all caffeine and all soda as well as breads and meats and I found that even after all that I suffered lots with curries and tomato stews and meaty stews. So far I've lost over 30kgs but I still get pain in my back and chest and stomach and I still get this badly burning sensation up my throat and across my chest. I'm wondering if there is not something I'm missing as I've been to over 4 doctors and all they tell me to do is continue.

      Your advice would really be appreciated so give some references. I will gladly look them up

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      Re "Dropping Acid". Although I respect the work of Jamie Kouffman, particulalrly in her work of bringing extra-oesophageal reflux to the attention of so many (by coining the terms LaryngoPharyngeal Reflux (LPR) and "silent reflux", which ambiguously is now often used to refer to GORD where heartburn symptoms aren't felt) and by her reinforcing the messages about not eating late at night etc, she is an ENT specialist and not a gastro-enterologist and many of us feel her advice in her Dropping Acid book is actually misleading.

      Stomach acid is concentrated Hydrochloric acid reaching a pH of around 1. However acidic or alkaline foods are, they remain within a very narrow range between pH 6 and pH 8.

      If you were to spill stomach acid on your hand it would burn and leave a scar. If you were to pour lemon juice on your hand, all you would feel is wet.

      Acid or alkaline foods entering the reservoir of highly concentrated acid has no more effect than emptying a kettle of hot water into the ocean.

      If a food is too alkaline, the stomach will respond to produce more acid. If food is too acidic, the stomach will produce less. It strives to maintain a pH balance required for its role in the digestive process.

      And alkaline water was introduced by bottled water companies in USA as a gimmick, actually revealed as a hoax to increase sales with scare stories that US tap water was acidic. (It is slightly to prevent build up of limescale). It can actually be bad for you.

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