Tired of Feeling the Burn? Take Control and Get Relief Now!

Tired of Feeling the Burn? Take Control and Get Relief Now!

Basic nutrition tips to eating well with Acid Reflux Disease


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 17, 2006–Cooking, eating, and entertaining are all important elements of Latino tradition and culture. These daily pleasures are hard to enjoy if you fear they will awaken your heartburn. If you suffer from persistent heartburn two or more days a week even though you have treated it and changed your diet, you may be suffering from a more serious but treatable condition known as Acid Reflux. Acid Reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter – the muscle separating the esophagus and stomach—does not close properly, allowing acid from the stomach to back up into the esophagus. In other words, Acid Reflux is chronic heartburn.

Keeping track of your food intake is a great way to help control side effects of Acid Reflux. Remember these tips before you sit at the table:

1. Eat smaller portions.

Large meals can make your stomach too full and force its contents back upwards into the esophagus. Try eating 4 or 5 small meals throughout the day.

2. Avoid lying down after eating.

When you lie down within three hours of eating, the acid that’s working to digest your food may flow up into your esophagus and cause heartburn.

3. Keep a list of foods that aggravate your symptoms.

Below are some examples of food and drinks that are known to awaken heartburn:

— Coffee, Tea (decaffeinated and regular)

— Spices

— Onions

— Caffeinated and/or carbonated beverages

— Tomatoes and tomato juice/sauce

— Alcoholic beverages

— Fried/fatty foods

— Chocolate

— Peppermint

A good way to prevent unwanted discomfort/pain from Acid Reflux is to write down the foods that affect you the most so that you will remember ones you must avoid.

4. Keep some candy in your back pocket

Sucking a lollipop or [hard] candy stimulates the production of saliva, which acts as a natural barrier to acid. Just be sure to avoid mint candies, which can stimulate Acid Reflux.

Acid Reflux is a chronic condition that affects 6.1 million Hispanics. Fortunately the symptoms of the condition can be alleviated by following the proper treatment regime. Consulting with your doctor and staying updated on the latest information released regarding the condition are the best ways for determining the right options for keeping symptoms of Acid Reflux under control.

Tired of Feeling the Burn? Take Control and Get Relief Now!