We all experience acid reflux symptoms sometimes. Heart burn, chest pain, nausea, pain that sets in after a big meal - all these are common symptoms of acid reflux disease that can be easily identified. In addition, there are a range of acid reflux symptoms that may not be as easy to spot. These include sore throat, a choking feeling and trouble in swallowing and more.
Although it is important to check out any of these symptoms with your doctor or specialist in order to find the right acid reflux treatment for you, there is a lot you can do to help yourself.
It is important to remember that what causes acid reflux in one person may not necessary cause it in another, so you do need to take note of what you eat and drink in order to find out your specific acid reflux triggers. Food does not necessarily have to be unhealthy to cause you a problem and discovering the foods to avoid with acid reflux can come up with some surprising culprits.
Fried food and rich spicy foods are well known for causing acid reflux symptoms but less common culprits maybe starches such as oatmeal, tofu and beans. Although these are healthy ingredients and oatmeal seems so bland that it is hard to believe it can do anything, these common foodstuffs can be a cause of acid reflux for some people.
Likewise with fruit. We need to eat our five a day but some people find that apple peel, bananas and even strawberries or grapefruit can cause acid reflux symptoms. Cucumber is well known for causing acid reflux symptoms as well as onions, tomatoes and cabbage. Honey can cause acid reflux symptoms too and when it comes to drinks even innocuous beverages such as tomato juice and milk can aggravate the condition.
Because we are all individuals, we find that our sensitivity to food is equally varied. The causes of acid reflux can be linked to food allergies and sensitivity to certain food groups such as lactose or wheat.
If this is you then discovering and then cutting out the food group or specific foods which are causing you the problem may be enough to stop acid reflux once and for all.
The best course of action to take if you find you are suffering from acid reflux symptoms on a regular basis is to keep a food diary and try eliminating some of the foods that you eat.
You will soon find out. Acid reflux usually comes on very quickly after eating so whatever dietary changes you make may make an almost instant difference. In many cases, knowing your triggers and the types of foods to avoid with acid reflux will be enough to cure it. It is important not to ignore acid reflux symptoms. They can cause serious medical problems and may be a sign of a more serious underlying health condition. However, making some dietary and lifestyle changes may be enough to stop acid reflux entirely.
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