Dr. Jamie Koufman, a leading authority on reflux disease, offers the tips and tricks to avoid reflux in her book DROPPING ACID: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure. It is the first diet cookbook to systematically address the problem of dietary acid, by providing tips on how to control and maintain your health by making simple changes in your diet.
125-million Americans are estimated to have reflux, many unaware of it, and many still misdiagnosed. If left untreated, reflux can wreak havoc on your throat, airways, lungs, and digestive system and can even lead to esophageal cancer.
While BBQs are full of delicious foods, many common recipes are highly acidic, such as barbeque sauce, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, salad dressings and key lime pie. However, there are other foods that are still tasty and can help you control reflux symptoms.
Don’t Feel the Burn!
1) Stick with Salad. Avoid tomatoes and onions, which are both high in acid, as well as high-fat content dressings.
2) Snack on Bananas. They have a 5.6 PH level, and are reflux-friendly.
3) Be Choosey about Fruit. Melon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon are best for people with reflux.
4) Consider your Protein. Turkey and chicken without the skin are great choices Fish and shellfish are also good proteins for a reflux-focused diet. Neither should be fried.
5) Stick with Whole Grains. Look for breads that are listed as “whole grain,” not “wheat” or “seven grain.”
It’s not only about food. There are other simple lifestyle choices that can help you keep reflux away during your summer fun.
Tips to Avoid Reflux While Enjoying Your Summer
1) Quit Smoking. There’s no way to better avoid the reflux caused by cigarettes.
2) Wear clothing that fits properly. Be realistic with your size, especially trousers, corsets, bras and belts. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight.
3) Avoid exercising right after eating. Including jumping in the pool right after snack or meal.
4) Do not lie down right after eating. Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime
5) Think before your drink. Wine and beer are especially bad for reflux, as are soda and carbonated beverages, and citrus fruit juice. Stick with alkaline water, mild herbal teas, non-acidic smoothies, and low-fat and lactose-free milk.
DROPPING ACID: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure offers flavorful recipes and a new way of looking at healthy eating – not only are the recipes low in fat – they are low in acid. In her book, Dr. Koufman emphasizes the foods you can eat to avoid reflux symptoms rather than only focusing on what to avoid, so it’s a sustainable lifestyle choice.