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Dietary Tips for Digestive Distress

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Ditto what Woubbie said.
I have had GERD for more than 20 years.
I can eat all kinds of fatty or spicy foods without heartburn, but a few bites of bread will bring on the pain.
As my GI recommends, eat a "no white" diet Report
GRAPHITEGAL
if you have a little heartburn eat 1/2 banana Report
No starch, no sugar, no GERD. Report
Drinking water can cause my Gerd at night. If it is really bad at night even though I took my morning meds a tablespoon of vinegar will help the burning in your throat. Took me awhile to try this as it seemed so strange but it did work. Report
A tbs of juice from a jar of pickles can relieve indigestion very quickly. Report
Helpful, but the list is only a very general guide. Many foods that bother me aren't on the list. Other helpful foods are. For example, I have found that peppermint is actually good for my belly. Nuts are good, too, in moderation and chewed thoroughly, especially for those of us trying to keep our fiber intake up. I think you have to keep a food diary and just figure it out for yourself what bothers you and what doesn't Report
To Princessdi62, I have heard of LINX, but it is fairly new technology. Last year I had Nissan fundoplication for severe GERD. It's major surgery and not for everyone, but I am pretty much reflux free after having reflux since I was a small child, so I am pleased with the outcome. Report
JSCANLON6
What amazes me is that nobody is mentioning the importance of drinking plain ordinairy water.Quite often the acidity felt is due to the body being in need of water.Many people fail to drink enough water throughout theday,perfering to drink tea,coffee, carbonated drinks ,fruit juice when in fact all of these can affect the gut.Strong tea and coffee can cause indigestion.....Many people say they are unable to eat breakfast first thing because they feel sick,drinking a glass of water can prevent that. Report
Hello there,

Has anyone considered the LINX procedure at Hoag Hospital? I have heard it does wonders. Report
Please go to an Allergist. They found out in 2 visits that I have intolerance to foods. I was a mess the next day. I went to the office and said now what? They stuck me with an Epi Pen and had me sit in the office for an hour.

Also; older adults who never knew they had food intolerance or knew but food didn't bother them that bad, (when they were younger) may experience a more often episode of acid reflux, indigestion/heart burn or in my case a sensitive mouth/ lip, or tongue, hives or swollen eyes. Report
I have acid reflux. My stomach is hurting me right now. I can't go to church this morning. I took a teaspoon of regular vinegar but I see that's no good for you. But I see where Lineyt said she take a shot of cider vinegar with the mother on it. Thanks I am going to try that. Report
LAMBDAPIETA
I have digestive issues if I eat late at night, before going to bed.
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This was very informative, I've been diagnosed with acid reflux, gerd . Due to years of this issue I developed a hitial hernia witch is very painful, almost everything I consume in my body gives me heart burn. It's almost second nature to me. Report
AZMIMI98
I am new to SP and am enjoying the site, have great hopes that it will help to keep me motivated to lose the extra pounds that have attached over the years. As a health care worker and sufferer of GERD myself, the article is spot on re triggers ie caffeine, carbs, carbonated beverages, spicy, fatty foods, etc. The suggestions for what works are worth trying, because we are all so unique. I am going to try aloe juice which a friend uses and has for years with much relief of his night time symptoms. Thanks for writing about this important topic.... Report
Another symptom not discussed much but very common is an ongoing cough. I thought for years it was related to my asthma until an allergy/asthma specialist put me on meds for gerd.. Lo and behold I cough 1/4 as much as I used to. It seems the acid reflux irritates the throat passage which in turn causes you to cough, you medicate for the wrong thing which sometimes adds to the acid reflux and on and on. Report

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