3 Foods That Triple Acid Reflux Symptoms! And No, It’s Not Tomatoes

By on June 11, 2013
Most people are used to a little indigestion–but when a little stomach upset turns into something far more painful, such as difficulty swallowing, dry cough, and wheezing, you may be dealing with something more serious.

“Acid reflux arises when the lower esophageal sphincter, the circular muscle that acts as a gate between the esophagus and stomach, loosens too easily or does not maintain its tone,” says Angela Haupt, a senior health and wellness editor for US News. “That allows caustic gastric acid to backwash into the esophagus, causing difficulty swallowing, wheezing, shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, hoarseness, and the feeling that you have a lump in your throat.”

And, if you deal with this condition regularly, there’s even worse news: Untreated acid reflux is linked to a higher risk of esophageal cancer. There’s no pill or herb that can undo its damage now, say experts, but in the meanwhile, following a diet plan that controls acid reflux symptoms can help.

Defeat Acid Reflux for Good…With Food?

While more and more doctors are OK with using drugs to control most acid reflux symptoms, the evidence is clear: The effects are only temporary and won’t prevent the damage caused by a backwash of gastric acid.

In some cases, acid reflux drugs can cause other health problems that can ultimately put your body in a lot of trouble.

For example, Prevacid, a commonly prescribed anti-reflux drug, has been known to cause irregular heartbeat, abdominal pain, and headache, according to

Now osteopaths–with the help of some traditional healthcare specialists–are pushing for dietary measures to keep acid reflux at bay. Evidence shows that people who eat certain foods experience more acid reflux, due to how it interacts with your stomach.

So what do they recommend you avoid?

1. Believe it or not, it’s not tomatoes. For decades doctors–and many other healthcare experts–have erroneously said that spicy, tomato-based dishes are a no-go, believing the acidity in tomatoes could trigger a reflux attack. But now evidence reveals that these foods are actually safe, provided you don’t overdo it.

2. Dairy products. Dairy products, such as cheese and butter, are already getting a bad rap for being too high in bad fat, but now researchers say that it’s also bad for those suffering from acid reflux symptoms. The reason? Again, blame the high fat content–due to how it interacts with the body, fatty foods are the biggest trigger of acid reflux. Your solution: If you just can’t let go, try eating smaller portions of your favorite dairy products.

3. Anything containing caffeine. Diet soda, cappuccino, and yes, even your favorite chocolate snacks are off-limits–but sugar or artificial sweeteners aren’t to blame here. Instead, its caffeine content can trigger acid reflux symptoms that can leave your throat sore for days. If you really can’t go without your caffeine though, consider simply lowering your caffeine intake to make your symptoms less severe. There are also caffeine-free options for getting your morning brew, such as decaffeinated coffee or soda.

Readers: If you have acid reflux, what else has helped you manage your acid reflux symptoms?


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