This weekend we celebrate all the great father’s in our lives, including all of his favorite food and drinks. You think you may be giving him something he loves but actually, the only thing you are giving him is acid reflux. More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and 15 million suffer from it daily, according to the American Gastroenterological Association. At one time or another, almost everyone has dealt with indigestion, belly bloat and bitter-tasting acid that come with it. Here is a list of thing to avoid if you are having acid reflux symptoms!
Alcohol can relax the sphincter muscle and create an opening. When this happens, stomach acid can come back up into the esophagus, and that’s reflux, that’s what creates the burning sensation. Plus, alcohol is an irritant and stimulates the production of acid.
While this minty beverage can be extremely helpful in soothing the digestive tract, it may elicit the opposite reaction in those who suffer from symptoms of acid reflux. Opt for chamomile tea or ginger tea, which can help cut gas and bloating without pushing the reflux button.
The bubbles of carbonation expand inside the stomach, the increased pressure contributes to reflux. This includes store-bought fruit juices, sports drinks, energy drinks, vitamin waters, seltzers and of course soda.
Sorry, chocolate lovers. Chocolate seems to cause more reflux than any other food, the three reasons: It contains cocoa, lots of fat and stimulants like caffeine — all of which spell big burn.
Men may be experiencing significant symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux but are less willing to seek help than women. Researchers say that’s a phenomenon that’s been well documented in other areas of health, too. In medicine, males tend to underreport the severity of their symptoms. This could explain why four times as many men die of esophageal cancer than women. Give your Dad the gift of life and health this Father’s Day! Call the Ear, Nose and Throat Insititute today to schedule an appointment, don’t let acid reflux ruin your day!