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Things I learned about GERD ~ I prefer lifestyle change

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GERD, an abbreviation for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, should not be taken lightly.

What causes GERD? the valve / lower esophageal sphincter fails to function well resulting in the acidic gastric juices to travel back into esophagus (swelling piep).

How do you know if you may suffer from GERD?
heartburn : burning discomfort in the chest / throat
chest pain / discomfort
abdominal pain
burping / belching
feeling bloated
sleep disturbances
hoarseness
persistent sore throat
persistent cough
difficulty in swallowing
asthma
Bad breath
sour / bitter taste in the mouth

Medical diagnosis includes Barium Swallow Radiograph, endoscopy, biopsy.

Severe, long-standing GERD can result in Barrett’s esophagus, which in turn increases the risk of esophageal cancer.

Drug treatments for GERD include proton pump inhibitors (block the acid pumps in the stomach), histamine2-receptr antagonists (reduce acid production), prokinetic agents (increase the pressure of lower esophageal sphincter to promote stomach emptying), antacids (neutralize stomach acid but not recommended for frequent heartburn of GERD)

Lifestyle change to reduce the GERD symptoms include
# note down foods that trigger GERD
# sleep only after 3 hours after meals
# eat small regular meals
# do not wear tight clothing that increases the pressure on your stomach
# raise the hea of your bed by 10-15cm to reduce night time acid reflux.
# Dietary avoidance of citrus fruits, chocolate, coffee, tea, fatty & fried foods, garlics & onions, mint flavouring, spicy food, tomato-based foods.


# less dine out, more home cook
# relax and minimize stress

More:
Upper GI endoscopy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmsNjUOvbSs and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tutorials/uppergiendoscopy/ge059102.pdf
Hiatal hernia may cause heartburn http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hav8qe8P1Dc

Written by blueroselady

June 26, 2014 at 8:24 am

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Diet for indigestion / peptic ulcer / heartburn / gastric pain

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Things that I ate today and might contributed to my indigestion:
cauliflowers.
milk (possibly not low fat).
yoghurt (possibly high fat).
pomelo chunks in my yoghurt (pomelo is a member of citrus fruits!).
strawberries (3 pieces).
blueberries.
Spread of Nutella, ice cream that went with 4 slices of wholemeal bread. I had 2 slices in the morning, 2 slices for tea break.

My catering supplied these three dishes that possibly contributed to my indigestion:
deep fried meat ball.
cauliflowers.
salted vegetables (which I threw away).
I am going to stop my trial. Bye!

Breathless! Help. I MUST take care of my diet. Eat more healthily.

Though strawberries and blueberries are healthy choice, the amount of pesticides used may be worrying. I will try to eat less berries, but more fruits that require me to peel their skin.

EAT LOW-FAT FOOD.
low-fat lean meat, fish, skinless chicken.
low-fat milk / yoghurt.
tofu.
pasta.
steamed white rice, whole grain rice, brown rice.
EAT LOW-SUGAR FOOD.
baked / grilled meats are OK, but not fried food.
oatmeal.
EAT SMALL but FREQUENT meals.

AVOID:
seeded whole grain breads.
fried food: fried meat / fish / sausages.
fried rice.
bread with nuts / dried fruits.
biscuits.
butter.
strawberry jams.
preserves with seeds.
spicy foods.
curry.
green peppers.
onions.
broccoli.
cauliflower.
Brussels sprouts.
cabbage.
cucumber.
corn.
dishes with tomato sauces / tomato soup.
citrus fruits (orange, lemon, grapefruit / pomelo).
pineapples.
berries.
caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate).
alcohol e.g. beer, wine.
whole milk.
chocolate milk.
big meals.

Not to buy these items anymore:
berries.
whole milk.
yoghurt with apple and pomelo chunks. It is unwise to mix milk and pomelo.

Related:
Food for gastric problems.
Acid reflux.

Written by blueroselady

January 14, 2013 at 11:42 am