Normally, the food that you eat mixes with saliva in your mouth and moves down further through your esophagus into your stomach for further digestion. A valve called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) prevents the food that enters the stomach to return back into the esophagus.
However, in persons experiencing gastro esophageal acid reflux (GERD), this valve does not function efficiently resulting in the acidic food from the stomach, corroding the walls of the esophagus, resulting in a burning sensation in the chest region, called a heart burn. Repeated episodes of GERD may damage the esophageal lining. Timely medical attention is required to treat or cure this condition. The food that you eat also plays a major role in the occurrence of GERD, as some foods trigger it, while others help in subsiding it.
You have to follow certain general dietary norms to prevent experiencing incidences of acid reflux in your body. Do not eat large amounts of food in one sitting, but spread your intake over several small meals. Do not eat spicy and fatty foods, as they result in the production of excessive stomach acids, which is least desired in persons suffering from GERD. Foods that we eat are either acid-producing or alkali-forming. Refined sugar, white flour, soft drinks, coffee and tea are acid producing foods; fresh fruits, green vegetables, beans, vegetables, spices and nuts are examples of some alkali-forming foods. Persons suffering from acid reflux should have a diet consisting of 80 % of alkali-forming foods and 20% of acid forming foods.
Various Diet For Acid Reflux
Cucumber, kale, spinach, kelp, and sprouts are highly alkali-forming foods. These can be boiled and steamed, seasoned with parsley, ginger, cinnamon and sea salt.
For a more filling meal, stuff the boiled vegetables in wholemeal bread with some tofu. That makes a delicious sandwich! Boiled oats/oatmeal (not instant oats) make another wonderful breakfast alternative.
Start off your lunch with sea vegetable appetizers, as sea vegetables are highly alkaline-forming. A salad of cucumber (highly alkaline), beetroot, cabbage, tomato can feature on your menu. Rice, which is neutral can always be opted for as the main course food, with a side dish made of white beans or white haricot beans, which are highly alkaline.
Onion, garlic, ginger, miso, mustard, curry powder, sea salt and tamari can be used as taste makers for your dishes. Include some almond milk sweetened with stevia, as a dessert in your diet, as both almond milk and stevia are alkali-forming in nature, refined sugar being acidic in nature. Freshwater wild fish are a good option as meal side dishes. You can cook vegetables in sunflower or grape seed oil, as these are neutral oils.
You can snack on a variety of nuts. Almonds, pecans and hazelnuts can be eaten as it is or after roasting. The roasted nuts can be flavored with a small quantity of sea salt before eating.
Nuts are neutral or slightly acidic, but they can be used for the 20% acid forming foods of your diet. You can drink dairy or soy milk, either of which is moderately alkaline.
Delicious soups can be made using either one or a combination of vegetables such as tomato, lemon, lime, radish, mustard greens, and celery. The soup can be flavored with onions, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, and sea salt. The main dish should comprise white or brown rice.
Delicious manifestations of garbanzo beans, black beans, kidney beans and cantaloupe can feature as your dinner sides. Fresh dates, currants, and sweet cherries can team up with cold dairy or soy milk in mouthwatering desserts, with which you can complete your dinner. You can also have pure vanilla flavored ice cream to soothe your stomach acid.
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