Best Foods for Gerd - Discover What Causes Your GERD Symptoms

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For many people who suffer from GERD (Gastroesophagael Reflux Disorder) there tends to be a link between the food they eat and their experience of GERD symptoms.
If you feel that certain foods are playing a part in triggering your symptoms, then you really need to look at modifying your diet.
There is no set diet that works for all sufferers.
It is, therefore, a case of eliminating the foods that tend to trigger your symptoms and then incorporating the best foods for your condition into your diet.
So the first thing is to identify the foods and drinks that cause you difficulties.
The most effective way to do this is to start a daily journal of all the food and drinks that you consume and also details of any symptoms that you experience.
Over time this should highlight any culprits that may be contributing to your symptoms.
Once you have identified any problem foods or drinks, you should try to eliminate them from your diet as much as possible.
Saturated fat is one substance that tends to cause difficulties for people who suffer from GERD.
This is fat that generally solidifies at room temperature and is known to contribute to a whole range of other health problems.
It is a problem for sufferers because it tends to take a long time to be digested.
This forces the stomach to produce relatively high levels of acidic gastic juices in order to deal with this.
This means that if any of this liquid escapes from the stomach and enters the esophagus, then this is likely to cause the severe burning sensation (in the stomach/chest or throat region) that is a hallmark of GERD.
The best foods for your condition are those foods that don't tend to irritate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) (the muscle that separates the esophagus and the stomach) and those that don't significantly increase the amount of acid in the stomach.
These foods tend to be low in fat and low in acidity.
Foods like as: skinless white meat (such as chicken), very lean grilled red meat, fish, cooked vegetables and tofu are unlikely to trigger your symptoms.
Complex carbohydrates are foods that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals and are also amongst the best foods for GERD.
These includes foods such as whole grains, wholemeal bread, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, lentils, peas, beans and fruit (some of the more acidic fruits such as oranges and lemons may have to be excluded if they tend to trigger your symptoms).
These foods have the capacity to absorb acidic juices which means that harmful acid is less likely to reflux into the esophagus and cause pain.
The best foods are those that are low in acidity and low in fat (particularly saturated fat).
A diet designed to minimize the symptoms should also include plenty of foods that contain complex carbohydrates.
By just being aware of the types of food that trigger your symptoms and by substituting these with healthy foods that don't affect you negatively, you are likely to see a reduction in the number of GERD attacks you experience.
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