Gastroesophageal reflux is a very common disorder characterized by symptoms such as heartburn, acidity and regurgitation. Especially in milder forms this disease is often treated with a little lightness as that among patients. Whether you decide to deal with its own resources, both for those who turn to a doctor treating gastroesophageal reflux can not be separated from the adoption of a healthy diet and lifestyle correct.
The role of diet and lifestyle
FIRST RULE: Eat slowly
The first digestion, it is known, occurs in the mouth and this is true not only because saliva contains chemical and digestive properties, but also because the grinding of food during chewing ease gastric activity. Eating a sandwich hastily swallowing whole mouthfuls favours reflux as lengthens the residence time of food in the stomach. For this reason it is essential that the bite is very slow and that the diet will recruit four or five small meals instead of one or two big daily binges.
It must be distinguished two different types of foods that, if present in the diet, may promote gastroesophageal reflux: foods that delay the emptying of the stomach increases the chances of experiencing a rise juice acids. As we have seen to prevent the reflux it is important that the stomach empties quickly. Therefore in the presence of the disease the diet must be low in all those foods that increase retention of food in the stomach (such as fatty foods such as aged cheeses, chocolate, sausages and fries). Carbonated soft drinks and the habit of chewing gum, directly or indirectly increase the amount of air present in the gastric pouch. The presence of these gases increases the pressure inside the stomach favouring the upward slope of gastric contents.
Foods that have intrinsic irritant (white wine, vinegar, alcohol, liquor, juice, tomato or citrus)
These foods, which should be added to tea, coffee, cocoa and so on, promote stomach acid production
What promotes gastroesophageal reflux?
Larger meals, foods high in fat, especially if boiled, fried or sautéed, obesity and overweight. Some special foods such as coffee, tea, mint, alcohol, chocolate. In the presence of reflux disease than to cure one’s diet is very important to stop smoking.
* Controlling the reflux in the diet
* Avoid heavy meals too, especially in the evening
* Do not exaggerate with fatty foods, alcohol and coffee
* Avoid going to bed immediately after eating. A walk can be helpful
* Avoid those movements that increase abdominal pressure (flexion of the trunk) and the clothing too tight
* Raising of 10-15 cm the headboard of the bed during the night
* Drink more: the saliva and fluids protect mossy oesophageal gastric juices
* Stop smoking: Smoking promotes reflux, increases gastric acidity and makes it more susceptible to attack the walls of the stomach acid
* Do not abuse of some drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, sedatives and tranquillizers We recommend that in any event to communicate their use to the doctor, to check its compatibility with the disease and find possibly more healthy alternatives.