Diet- best preventive remedy for acid reflux or heartburn
If you suffer from chronic acid reflux then its time for you to check what food you are eating. Seeking treatment for acid reflux is not a long term solution. Focus on prevention rather than cure. You should be aware that if you avoid certain foods it will save you from this problem. If you make a change in your diet you will notice a lot of difference. In the first place your health will improve and secondly it will ease your acid reflux problem if you happen to periodically suffer from this disease. Another common name of acid reflux is heartburn so don’t think that these are two different conditions.
The problem occurs when foods that you eat come up to your esophagus after getting broken down and mixed with stomach acids. Actually after eating the food goes to your stomach from where it goes to the small intestines for further digestion. It should not come back to your esophagus. If you eat highly acidic foods your normal digestion process gets disrupted which results in abnormal return of food to the esophagus. These foods which are highly acidic in nature get mixed with the acids produced by the stomach (for digestion). When such foods mixed with stomach acids come into contact with the esophagus you experience heartburn or acid reflux. In some cases the discomfort can be very severe which may require immediate medical attention.
Some people seeking acid reflux remedies take antacids or also opt for surgery but these steps do not guarantee you long term cure. There is every possibility that you will again suffer from heartburn. Therefore your best bet is to make suitable changes in your present diet. Make a list of foods that tend to trigger heartburn. Eliminate those foods from your diet if you wish for a long term cure.
Avoid fried, fatty and spicy food. Some citrus fruits like oranges, lemons etc are acidic so it is best to avoid them. There are also certain vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli etc. Even chocolate can trigger heartburn. Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages. In some people milk can also aggravate heartburn. However as diet is individual specific so before making changes discuss with your doctor or dietician. Sometimes it may not be possible to eliminate certain foods mentioned herein from your diet. So the best thing you can do is to limit your intake. Always prepare your food in a healthy way. There are lots of healthier alternatives for people in search of heartburn remedies.