Do you ever suffer from heartburn? It is something that can range from a mild burning in your chest or throat to a horribly uncomfortable “flame” shooting up your throat, feeling like food is “stuck” in your chest, sore throat or nausea. Some of the things that contribute to acid reflux include alcohol, Hiatal hernia (a condition in which part of the stomach moves above the diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates the chest and abdominal cavities), obesity, pregnancy, and smoking. It is not only uncomfortable, but it is also damaging to the upper-digestive tract and therefore, worthwhile to treat.
Certain foods can be “triggers” for people and it may help you to avoid them when you have relfux (Note: to determine your personal reflux triggers and before cutting out any food groups, consult a Registered Dietitian-it will make long-term changes safer and more manageable):
- Tomato products
- Coffee, tea
- Citrus products
- high-fat foods
Though it is tempting to lie down when you aren’t feeling well, this is one of the worst things your can do when experiencing reflux. Make sure to sit upright for at least one hour after eating, sleep with your head slightly propped up (because reflux can be worse at night), and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Losing weight and quitting smoking also yield big time benefits not only for acid reflux, but virtually every other ailment.
I recently contributed my Tummy Soother Granola recipe to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to The Acid Reflux Diet by Registered Dietitian, Maria A. Bella, MS, RD, CDN. This recipe is great for anyone but perfect for preventing acid reflux because it contains soothing oats, and ginger. The book is full of amazing recipes and loaded with information about Acid Reflux.
And guess what?! I am giving one lucky reader this amazing book AND a $10 Whole Foods Gift Card to buy the ingredients for the granola for FREE! Here is what you need to do to win:
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Easy right? So is the recipe: