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Old 11-28-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Default Which foods should I avoid with my acid reflux?

Hi there!

I've been a silent reader on this forum for a long time but decided to sign up now.
For the start, I already have a question: I often have acid reflux attacks, more or less severe. My doctor told me to avoid acidic food as well as alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

Which other foods should I avoid?

Thanks!
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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I guess that leaves stuffed Jalapenos out!!-----Bummer!!
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Hi there!

I've been a silent reader on this forum for a long time but decided to sign up now.
For the start, I already have a question: I often have acid reflux attacks, more or less severe. My doctor told me to avoid acidic food as well as alcohol and smoking cigarettes.

Which other foods should I avoid?

Thanks!
Avoiding wheat and bread has helped my acid reflux a lot. Once you realize that wheat is in everything it seems daunting to cut it out, but it's possible.
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Old 11-29-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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Sweets, like cake, donuts, cookies, chocolate etc...seem to be my worst trigger. I also avoid alcohol and too much caffeine.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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Hi there!

Which other foods should I avoid?

Thanks!

Hard to say because we're all different and only you know what triggers your attack.

As far as me, I stopped eating fried foods (i.e. grease and fat). When and if I do make/eat tomato based dishes I have to dilute the sauce (water it down). Pizza is torture. And cut back on my consumption of red wine.

The good news is I've lost weight since cutting back on those things.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:27 PM
 
Location: southern california
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hot sauce, chili peppers, onions garlic coffee and tea and any caffinated drink.
u know, all the stuff i like.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:51 PM
 
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The types of foods to avoid are fatty foods, fried foods, especially fatty meats, food deep fried in batter and fatty dairy products. This is because fatty foods are slow to digest and remain in the stomach for longer and because fat reduces the lower esophageal sphincter pressure. There is some debate amongst gastroenterology specialists as to whether fatty foods do worsen heartburn in those with GERD. Please see this article for the research evidence:

It is sensible to avoid acidic fruits such as oranges and grapefruit. This is because the acid in the fruit or fruit juice is directly irritant to the esophageal lining.

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Old 03-30-2012, 09:24 PM
 
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For me acidic and spicy foods. I love garlic, but darn it if that is not the worst food for my reflux.
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Avoid ALL foods after 7 pm. If you've overweight, even just a little over, get your weight down. Losing weight is easier if you never eat anything after 7 pm, so you get two for the price of one, there.

If you've had frequent acid reflux for more than a year or two, you probably have permanent damage to your esophagus, and nothing can be done to relieve it.

I had it a little in the past, and in my case, it was typically a combination of fats and acidic fruits that did it. Just one bite of apple pie would keep me up all night. I just made it a point to make sure I was finished with supper by 7 oclock, and avoided evening snacks
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Tomatoes and spicy foods, however, sometimes the most innocuous seeming foods bother me, like mashed potatoes. Really, you just need to experiment.
I have found that so many foods bother me, that I just take a generic famotidine pill before I go to bed, even if there are no symptoms. I keep a bottle of Tums beside the bed just in case I wake up during the night with heartburn. By doing this, I can eat anything I want.
Also, NSAIDs and Aleve are really hard on your digestive system. I was taking a prescription strength one and thought I would die from the way it messed up my gastric stuff.
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