Gastro-oesphageal reflux or acid reflux more commonly known as heartburn is a problem for many people. It may also be known to you as indigestion.
Symptoms of acid reflux include (1);
- an uncomfortable burning in the chest.
- bad taste in the mouth.
- swallowing problems.
- poor dental hygiene.
- sore throat.
Acid reflux or heartburn affects different people for various reasons. Some issues may be medical related and others may be caused by diet.
Most symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn can, however, can be reduced or resolved through a suitable diet.
Common causes of acid reflux (1);
- Acid reflux related to hiatus hernias.
- Excess weight causing increased pressure leading to acid reflux.
- Gastroparesis – a condition which causes food to sit in your stomach longer.
- Caffeine and alcohol.
Symptoms of acid reflux are very uncomfortable and lead many searching for clues on how to get rid of their heartburn or indigestion.
Medications can play a part in the management of symptoms and you should always see your doctor for advice and to check that your acid reflux symptoms are not the result of something quite serious.
Many people, however, do not get complete symptom improvement with medications.
How can diet get rid of heart burn symptoms?
As a specialist dietitian, I work to firstly analyse symptom patterns against diet patterns to identify any food triggers.
I am then able to create a plan which reduces the pressure on the stomach and increases the rate at which food leaves the stomach. Both of these factors will help keep the acid from moving into the gullet which is where symptoms of heart burn and acid reflux are then experienced.
I also check the diet for foods and drinks which may have a relaxation affect on the muscle at the top of the stomach which works to keep the acid from moving up the gullet.
Acid Reflux sufferer, 2016;
We worked together on a Food and Drink plan and the results after just a matter of weeks were remarkable.