There are many causes of acid reflux
Acid reflux happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, does not close properly and stomach contents reflux back up into the esophagus. (Ouchh)
Learning the cause of acid reflux may help to relieve discomfort by figuring out what foods trigger your attacks.
One of the main triggers of acid reflux is what a person eats.
Many causes of acid reflux are: Foods: fatty, procesed, greasy food that is.
Certain foods can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), causing stomach acid to flow enter the esophagus, and other foods can increase the production of stomach acid.
Some of these foods are:
- Fatty foods or spicy foods
- Citrus fruits
- Tomato products
- Caffeinated beverages
- Alcoholic beverages
- Chocolate, mints or peppermints
- Dairy (of all sorts; casein (a type of milk protein) and lactose can cause a lot of people digestive distress)
There are many different medications for the quick relief of acid reflux disease. However, an easy and effective long term solution can be as simple as following an acid reflux diet.
- Papaya – Papaya contains papain, which is an enzyme that helps digest protein (also called a protease).
- Pineapple – Pineapple is rich in bromelain, another protease which benefits digestion in the same way as papaya.
- Protein – any protein-rich food can increase the pressure exerted by the lower esophageal sphincter (the muscle band which helps seal off the stomach), stopping heartburn cold.
- Enzymes – known to speed up your digestive process, which eliminates the risk of acid reflux.
- Fiber – increasing your fiber intake is another way that is supposed to alleviate acid reflux. The fiber absorbs the excess acid, allowing your body to discard toxins quicker, allieviating acid reflux.
- Water – drinking more water (8 glasses a day) will allow the body to flush away toxins and expel acid easier.
- Tea – green tea is known to aid the body in digesting food and soothing the stomach.