I am sure that those among you who have been living with GERD know exactly what this disease is. But, for those, who are new to this condition and are experiencing some possible symptoms of it, a brief explanation may help in having a better understanding of the problem.
GERD or Gastroesophageal Reflux disease is a fairly common gastrointestinal disorder caused by the flow of the stomach acid back into the esophagus. This may result in nausea, heartburn, sour eructations and vomiting.
This disease basically occurs when the “one way valve” located between the stomach and esophagus, which is meant for allowing food to enter into the stomach and for preventing it from getting back into the esophagus, becomes lax or weak.
Although the symptoms of this disease can be severe, most patients can control them with simple diet changes. Here’s a list of ‘Safe’ and ‘Avoid’ foods for you to begin with. Consider this as a broad guideline to arrive at your own lists after some trial and error.
Safe foods to add to your GERD diet:
Pineapple and Papaya:
Papaya contains Papain and pineapple contains Bromelain. Both these substances help enhance the breakdown of proteins in the stomach and provide relief from the symptoms of the disease.
Baked potato, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, peas, lettuce and beans are safe vegetables that can be consumed in plenty by patients with GERD.
If you love meats, you can indulge in extra lean ground beef, white turkey meat and skinless chicken breast.
Drink plenty of water. This will help neutralize acid in the stomach and prevent heartburn. If you like fruit juices, opt for non-citrus ones.
Foods to Avoid:
- Spicy food
- Hot food
- Citrus fruits
- Mint and chocolates
- Peppers and raw onions
- Whole milk
- Caffeinated and carbonated drinks
- Fried meats
It may take time for you to learn exactly which foods among these can worsen or relieve your symptoms. Till then, you can start using drugs that reduce acid production. Most doctors advise patients to use Aciphex for this purpose. This drug contains Rabeprazole and is usually taken in a dose of 20 mg once a day. However, consulting your physician will let you know more about the exact dosage of Aciphex required for you.