Heartburn with pain (i.e., acid reflux – also known by the abbreviation GERD) is affecting some 20% of our adults. With special reference to certain unhealthy nutrition. Fortunately, nature is offering us specific foods, remedies and lifestyle adjustments to relieve this debilitating condition. Read on to learn more about.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
m sure you enjoy your family reunions like on Thanksgiving & X-mas along with the food you share. Hopefully without ‘heartburn’, a type of (diet-related) acid reflux in middle of the chest along with pain in the upper abdomen. Known by the medical term gastroesophageal reflux (GER) and GERD - the D standing for ‘disease’ in cases where it happens more than twice a week.
Based on symptoms like, inter alia,
- sore throat
- food regurgitation
- wheezing/weak coughing
- hoarseness or other changes to voice
Unfortunately, 20% of adults in the industrialized part of the world – like ours - are affected by GER/D.
- Johns Hopkins Hospital in Tampa, FL
- Homestead Hospital in Homestead, FL
- Lehigh Valley Network in Allentown, PA
Should you or a loved one be hit with these debilitating symptoms, nature may well help you with relief, to improve the symptoms.
FOODS/REMEDIES/LIFESTYLE ADJUSTMENTS – SCIENTIFICALLY VALIDATED
According to research at the
- University of Medicine
- University Hospital Center ‘Mother Theresa’
(both in Albania’s capital Tirana)
Mediterranean diet may be especially supportive in terms of GER/D relief.
With special reference to
- fruits & vegetables
- whole grains
- unsaturated fats
In more detail:
Besides of the fact that fruits are an excellent nutritious source of, inter alia, vitamin C as well as vital minerals like potassium and magnesium, and fiber, they also may fight acid reflux.
This is especially true for, inter alia,
- green beans
- Brussel sprouts
Being an excellent source of fiber as well, they are also low in sugar and ‘wrong’ types of fats like
- trans fats from processed foods
- saturated fats from meat/dairy
and therefore help to relieve acid reflux.
To be sure, however, this does not mean that fats are basically bad in terms of acid reflux. Rather, you may include healthy types of
in your diet to even support relief of acid reflux. As we find them, inter alia, in
- olive oil
- nuts & seeds
- avocado oil
- nut butter
- fatty fish
Also helpful are fiber-rich
- whole grain bread
- brown rice
As scientifically verified also at the Federal Research Center of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety in Russia’s capital Moscow.
Not to forget about lean
as to be found in low-cholesterol diet such as, inter alia,
- lean poultry
However, no frying please but baking/grilling/broiling or poaching instead.
Vice-versa, some other foods may be avoided such as, inter alia,
- calcium-rich foods (like milk/cheese) because of their content of saturated fats, such as
- meat with its usually high content of fatty acids and cholesterol
- too much salt
- trigger & flare-up foods, such as coffee/chocolate/mint/acidic drinks like orange juice & acidic foods like tomato sauce which are counterproductive in terms of GER/D.
According to research at, inter alia,
- University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
- Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium
as well as in Italy at
- University of Milan in Milan
- University of Insubria in Varese
- University of Bari in Bari
- University of ‘Magna Graecia’ of Catanzaro in Catanzaro
Additionally to appropriate GERD relieving food you may also consider
as a natural remedy which may not only soothe and coat stomach and throat but relieves acid damage of the stomach by secreting mucus.
Based on research at, inter alia, Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA
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