Tomatoes or tomato based sauces
Citrus fruits and juice
Fried and greasy foods
Cokes or carbonated sodas
Mexican or Italian spicy foods
Kraut/Weiners/Processed lunch meats
Coffee (but the new Simply Smooth from Folger's has helped)
Sandy Beach gave a pretty standard list of items. My GI doc also added all teas to my list. Components of the tea loosten the esophogeal sphincter which may result in more acid coming up. Alcohol should also be avoided. My choice of drink with reflux: water, water, more water.
I have had acid reflux for a quite a while, with many unpleasant side effects. exacerbates asthma, a lot of throat discomfort and so on-to the point of having a number of procedures to determine if something was very wrong with me. At the end of the day all the doctors could say was that I had too much stomach acid and to take some pills to reduce it. very frustrating. As a result I have started investigating the idea of rebalancing my body ph levels. I am having good results so far. Its no coincidence that as it turns out some of my favorite foods are the most acid forming. hard to give them up but the long term health benefits cannot be underestimated. check out ph balancing on the net or visit a health food store and ask the folks there, and then use your good judgement. Mostly its about knowing the ph of foods and keeping to a 80/20 alkaline diet. Lemons and tomatoes are actually alkaline to the body, and the problem with tea would be the caffeine, so caffeine free herbal teas can actually be very good for you. Still if you cannot tolerate them, most certainly avoid them. Hope this helps.
I have found that tomatoes don't bother me, but tomato sauce does. so unfortunately no more spaghetti and sauce. giving up chocolate and coffee was the toughest though. I'm still having my coffee at times though.
Keeping alkaline is very important and I agree with Gypsybird.
One of my worst culprits is corn. I started noticing it with popcorn and the last time I tried having a cob of corn, I was up all night with chest pain. Don't know if this is a problem for others, but for me it certainly is.
Oh, I am so bummed. My husband and I love to go to movies and eat a tub of unbuttered popcorn and m&m's with a huge diet coke. That is our typical date night. We truly aren't geeky, but we just have this thing with movies. So, now that I hear popcorn, chocolate and sodas can cause acid reflux I am sad...
But, I really do appreciate all the insights. It has helped me learn. The pH balance thing as well is good to know.
I was looking for a thread on this. What about wholemeal bread and rice? When I went onto some recipe sites it scared me!!! They had no meat in them at all, just vegetables and fruit eeeep!
What meat brings it about more? I heard chicken was about the best for non-acidic. But the weird thing is that I never get any pains from this, just a lot of mucus and throat clearing and loss of voice. I'm guessing sticking to the alkaline foods would ease this a little but I'm not convinced, it feels like it's here to stay (yet to see the doctor). Gonna try and stop with the chocolate and fatty meats from now on. But wholemeal rice is my staple food, please tell me that's not not allowed.
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Soda is the hardest thing for me to stay away from. I drank soda from morning until night. All I can drink now is water. My doctor told me that I should be able to handle caffeine free, but all soda bothers my throat. I do cheat on occasion. I swear, giving up soda is harder for me than when I quit smoking 7 years ago. Chocolate is another thing I miss, but not as much as soda and garlic.
Coffee is extremely acidic, it has nothing to do with caffeine or decaf...coffee has acid in it whether it's the regular stuff, or decaf! I order low-acid coffee on-line from Hevla (which isn't cheap!), but I need my coffee! I will try this Folgers smooth coffee that someone referred to, I've seen it in the stores. Same goes for soda, it's not the caffeine, it's the carbonation. I too used to live on soda (as well as coffee, chocolate, and I do like to drink!). I still enjoy all of these...in moderation. It does help it the soda is a bit flat...I know, not as good, but I can drink it that way. Espresso martini's were my favorite! Made w/espresso, choc, and liquor...umm! But, man do i pay for it now the next day!