A 19-year-old male asked:

Does caffeine drinks cause gerd? and is does betaine hcl pepsin helps with gerd. and what foods to eat with gerd?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Some basics: Nicotine & caffeine are chemicals that prevent the circular muscle controlling the stomach entrance from closing tightly thus allowing more reflux.Betaine hcl has no qualities I find helpful. Pepsin as a protease might help digestion but would offer nothing to treat reflux. You can consume a normal diet with reflux, but many avoid acidic food/drink out of caution.
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Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 19 years experience
See below: Caffeine may aggravate GERD. Betaine increases stomach acidity whereas typical GERD medications work by decreasing stomach acidity, so it may actually be unhelpful. Different foods may trigger GERD in different people, so it’s a question of identifying your own triggers and avoiding them. However, common ones are fatty, fried, or spicy food, tomatoes, citrus, chocolate, mint, onions, and garlic.
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Last updated Dec 5, 2020


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