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  • Some times peanut butter will make my GERD's flare up.
    I also have to be careful with the instant oatmeal, the quick cooking rolled oats are fine tho.
  • I noticed it mentioned upper abdominal pain several times, but doesn't mention anything about lower abdominal pain, which is what I have problems with. I don't get heart burn or upper abdominal pain hardly ever from eating, but I somewhat frequently have problems with serious pain in my lower abdomen area.
    And it seems like the kinds of foods to avoid would differ somewhat depending on what the cause/type of digestive distress one is experiencing. (for example, I know things like spicy food, peppermint, and such are no problem for me.)
  • I read that IBS is different fro every person ..some food that a person can tolerate may not be tolerated by the other .So you you have to do your testing and stay away from the food that triggers your symptoms.
    For me Dairy Food,eggs, cafeine, lots of chocolate( if i eat a bite or two it won't hurt) lima beans, bulgur and high fatty food are the food that hurts me . I'm still adding to th list but those foos ususally makes me very unconfortable.

    I use caffix coffee instead of regular coffee everyday and almond or rice milk instead of regular milk and egg whites instead of whole eggs .

  • I have the opposite problem, whenever I follow a strict diet with about 1600 colories, I have the burning in my stomach like I'm starving all the time. Even after I eat. If I eat what I want and eat all day, I don' have the burning problem. I've been to the Dr. and he tells me to take Prilosec, but not even that has helped lately.

    Any advise?
  • I will try to omit coffee and even the small amount of alcohol I drink. I already don't do a lot of fats. I wont eat fries. How does a Hungarian give up pepper?
  • I have experienced terrific heartburn off and on for many years. In 1988, my husband and I went on the "Fit for Life" diet since he especially was needing to take Tums frequently. Within two days, his heartburn disappeared. The proper combination of foods in this diet prevent acid from being overproduced. Fit for Life was touted as bad, or gimmicky, but it works. Whenever I have heartburn, I combine my foods properly and it goes away. I'll eat a vegetable with either a protein OR a starch, but not the protein and starch together. You don't eat fruit after a meal. You don't drink liquids during or after a meal-the principle here is that the liquid dilutes the gastric acids used for digestion. This leads to more acid production to enable digestion. Dairy products are restricted due to their digestion problems.
    I encourage people to at least try this way of eating before they go on "the purple pill" or similar medications.
    i dont know why the article tells you to avoid peppermint because sometimes peppermint tea is the only thing that deflates my bloating.
    fish oil is good to take after a heavy meal to curb painful digestion.
  • Thanks for this article! I had no idea that garlic, decafe coffee, etc. could cause reflux problems.
  • I think most people will find that not everything on the list is a trigger. But, these are foods that trigger for GERD for some people. I know there are some here I can have and some that I can't. Spicy foods - no problem. Ketchup causes me severe pain. Since Spark people - the combination of weight loss, healthy eating and lots of water - I have been able to eliminate daily medication and only occasionally suffer pain that was daily for me. I suffered from GERD even when I was skinny cause I ate many of the triggers and rarely drank enough water.
    Milpam3 -- I just wanted to comment on your question about peppermint... I have GERD, took two semesters of Anatomy & Physiology for nursing school, and have a master's in health promotion (just to give you a quick background).

    The paradox of peppermint is that it can be good for digestion, but bad for acid reflux. This is because peppermint is a smooth muscle relaxer. Since the stomach is made of smooth muscle, relaxing any tightness or spasms can help food move through into your intestines. The problem for those with GERD is that the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is also made of smooth muscle. It is designed to open when food goes down your esophagus, and then close so nothing can come back up. The esophagus is not designed to withstand stomach acidic, so the LES is meant in part to protect it from acid exposure. Peppermint can relax the LES, thus interfering with this protective mechanism. Hope this explanation helps.
    My son has IBS and GERD along with many food allergies. People with these conditions face a myriad of problems in everyday life. Work and school demands make it difficult for those afflicted. The public needs to understand the impact of the stress and pain involved for people who suffer from these conditions. Thanks to a wonderful Pediatric GI, our lives are a lot easier and my son is learning to cope with his condition.
  • This is pretty much everything!
  • Mint and peppermint are listed as foods that might cause spasms. I thought sucking on a peppermint after dinner helped, not hindered, digestion; which is why mints are often offered to diners at restaurants.
  • very interesting article. i knew about some of the foods to avoid, but i just learned of a few more. thanx for the information education. i have learned something today.

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