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Which foods trigger acid reflux?

Which foods trigger acid reflux?

Lots: Fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, caffeine, nicotine, chocolate, peppermint and late meals to name some if the most common. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


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For acidity or hyperacidity, Ayurveda says to avoid foods that contain tartaric acid, citric acid, lactic acid, does this make sense?

For acidity or hyperacidity, Ayurveda says to avoid foods that contain tartaric acid, citric acid, lactic acid, does this make sense?

Ayurveda for Acidity: I commend you for your desire for Good Health. Hyperacidity can be very uncomfortable. It can be due to various foods, medical condition or stress. Citric acid is used as a preservative and it can aggravate acidity. For hyperacidity, Ayurveda advises to avoid vinegar, tomatoes, sour citrus fruits, orange juice, salsa, onions, garlic, chili peppers, salty fried foods, and alcohol. ...Read more

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Top fruit juices that wont affect acid reflux?

Top fruit juices that wont affect acid reflux?

See details: The best approach is to control you reflux with an over-the-counter med such as Prilosec or Prevacid (lansoprazole) and then you should be able to tolerate juices without problem. Without do this, all fruit juices may give you issues. ...Read more

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Any specific food to avoid acid reflux?

Any specific food to avoid acid reflux?

GERD prevention: Avoid foods & behavior that delay stomach emptying &/or relax the lower esophageal sphincter--spicy, greasy food, mints, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, tomato-based products, caffeinated & fizzy drinks, eating before bedtime. Lose weight. Elevate head of bed on blocks. Use otc acid blockers for relief (h2's: tagamet, zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid; ppi's: prilosec, prevacid, nexium...). ...Read more

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Can limes aggravate acid reflux because they are citrus based?

Yes: It all depends. If you are taking medication for GERD it probably will blunt any burning when you ingest lime juice. If not on medication I would advise any type of food that will aggravate your esophagus & stomach like citrus should be avoided. GERD stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease ...Read more

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Gastroesophageal reflux? Is that acid stomach?

Gastroesophageal reflux? Is that acid stomach?

Stomach contents: Reflux refers to the acid, fluid and sometimes partially digested food in the stomach traveling back up the esophagus. This is irritating and can be treated with elevation of the upper body (not sleeping flat), not eating late in the day or too much at once, and medications like Omeprazole (which is otc) drinking alcohol, eating spicy or acid foods may bother you as well. ...Read more

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Does fermented food leads to acid reflux and sore throat?

Does fermented food leads to acid reflux and sore throat?

No: Acid reflux is physiologic. In other words, it's normal. However, it becomes pathologic when it bothers you. Fermented food doesn't cause acid reflux any more than non-fermented food. However, "bad" acid reflux allows acid to get high enough back up esophagus to cause sore throat. Antacids (calcium carbonate), H2 blockers & proton pump inhibitors help. Stay upright after small meals. ...Read more

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Can not eating cause acid reflux?

Not usually : Unless you are doing a lot of drinking of fluids and laying down ...Read more

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Can toothpaste and mouthwash irritate reflux?

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Use toothpaste: Use toothpaste following ada guidelines, and what your hygienist/dentist instructs you, and try not to swallow... You should be within normal limits. ...Read more

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What generally triggers acid reflux?

What generally triggers acid reflux?

Diet, position, meds: Anti reflux measures include: avoid fried, greasy, fatty foods, large meals, coffee, alcohol, tobacco, chocolate, chamomile, peppermint, spicy foods, acidic foods, carbonated beverages. Don't eat for 2-3 h before bed, don't lie down for 2-3 h after eating. Some meds increase heartburn and reflux. Lose weight, if overweight. Elevate head of bed. Freq., chronic, or severe see md-don't want ca. ...Read more

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Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

Ppi's may reduce stomach acid, but does that prevent actual refux in gerd?

No: It reduces acid which causes the irritation going up the the esophagus in gerd. You still have to have the head of the bed up on sleeping and avoid laying down with full stomach. ...Read more

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Can milk cause acid reflux?

Can milk cause acid reflux?

Sure, anything can: Gerd is common--present in about 70 million americans. As such, there are easy solutions if you have just symptoms. If however you have inflammation due to gerd, this can be progressive & needs to be controlled. Start with behavior & diet changes (see prior healthtap answers), add acid-blocker medications (either h2-blockers or ppi's). Get evaluated, especially if atypical, chronic &/or worsening. ...Read more

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Do salt and vinegar chips cause acid reflux?

Do salt and vinegar chips cause acid reflux?

Acid Reflux, Vinegar: understand your concern. Vinegar is highly acidic. Vinegar in the chips can make Stomach acid reflux or flow up irritating esophagus and causing heartburn. To dilute acid and decrease heartburn, try the following: Eat less chips. Eat slowly. Have herbal tea, water or milk with snack. Chewing gum after the snack to stimulate saliva production which can neutralize acid. ...Read more

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Citric acid or bromelain cause pineapple to burn tongue?

Citric acid or bromelain cause pineapple to burn tongue?

No: All fruits have citric acid however not strong enough acid to cause a burn. Like spicy foods, citric acid may cause the tongue to tingle and feel like burning. ...Read more

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Do red grapes cause acid reflux?

Do red grapes cause acid reflux?

No: Acid reflux is caused either by hyper (too much) stomach acid production or mechanical problems with the sphincter at the junction of the stomach and esophagus. So, the problem is either physiological or mechanical in nature. ...Read more

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Could coffee give you acid reflux?

DGL licorice: Yes, coffee can give you reflux, as can anything acidic. A natural approach is to take dgl. Dgl is licorice tablets with an enzyme remove (because too much of it can raise bp). You need to take a lot of it but many find it helpful. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

Burning pain or irritation in the upper stomach or lower chest. May be worse on lying down, and is ...Read more