Did you know that your diet can play a role in your risk of developing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)? Although this condition can have many causes, dietary factors can contribute to GERD symptoms. In this article, we look at some of the foods and nutrients that can help reduce your risk of GERD. We’ll also share some tips for building a GERD-adapted diet. So if you want to improve your digestive health, read on!
WHAT IS GASTROESOPHAGIAL REFLUX?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscular ring between the esophagus and stomach. Normally, the LES relaxes to allow food and liquids to flow through the esophagus to the stomach, and then contracts to prevent reflux. However, in people with GERD, the LES relaxes too much or doesn’t contract properly. This allows stomach contents and acid to back up into the esophagus, leading to heartburn and other symptoms. GERD is a chronic condition, meaning it lasts longer than two weeks. People with GERD often have episodes of heartburn several times a week or more. In some cases, GERD can lead to serious complications such as inflammation of the esophagus (oesophagitis) or ulcers in the esophagus. Treatment for GERD usually involves lifestyle changes, such as: B. avoiding trigger foods and eating smaller meals as well as taking medication. Surgery is an option for people who don’t respond to other treatments.
WHAT IS A SPECIALTY GERD DIET?
The GERD diet, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) diet, is designed to counteract acid reflux into the esophagus and relieve associated symptoms such as heartburn, nausea, and abdominal pain. The basic principle of the GERD diet is to avoid irritating and fatty foods and favor easily digestible foods.
The main aspects of the special GERD regime are:
Maintain ideal weight and possibly follow a diet designed for obese people (actually, voluntary weight loss would reduce symptoms for a long time) Smokers are strongly advised to limit or even quit smoking (tobacco delays healing of esophageal injuries and compromises proper functioning of the esophagus). function of the sphincter) Chew your food slowly and spread out your nutrition. Reduce alcohol consumption and especially do not drink it on an empty stomach. Avoid eating three to four hours before bed and raise the head of the bed.
What foods should be avoided in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease?
In gastroesophageal reflux, certain foods are avoided, either because they are irritating or because they promote obesity and abdominal pressure.
Irritating foods are likely to make GERD symptoms, such as burning or pain, worse by increasing inflammation. To prevent possible irritation of the esophageal mucosa and protect it from aggressive acidic juices, they should be avoided. Here is a list of foods to avoid if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease:
Coffee, including decaffeinated; Tea; soft drinks; Chocolate; Alcohol; Tomatoes; citrus fruits and citrus juices; Spices; Mint based products.
On the other hand, it is preferable to replace these products with:
herbal teas; still water; and herbs; fruits that are better tolerated.
It’s important to eat plenty of other fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C.
THE ADVANTAGES AND BENEFITS OF THE GERD DIET:
Good night’s sleep
Patients with reflux most often complain about how reflux interferes with sleep. Whether it keeps you from falling asleep, wakes you up, or just makes you uncomfortable.
Better overall health
Most dietary changes recommended to treat acid reflux also have a positive impact on your overall health.
Fewer doctor visits
Eating a balanced diet ensures the body is getting enough of the nutrients and energy it needs, which can limit visits to the doctor.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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