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The Basics of Acid Reflux

Posted on February 06, 2017   |   
Author: Gretchen   |   
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This blog post was written by Katie Keating, RN, MS (patient advocate)

A brief education on diet and the basics of acid reflux is usually given to patients upon diagnosis. The management related to acid reflux correlates to the foods we eat and the activities that we are involved in. It is very challenging to be compliant with any diet and to change our habits; however, many of us desire to review, from time to time, and comply when we realize the impact foods and activities have on our daily lives and sleep patterns.  I hope that you find this review helpful.

Gastric Reflux

Many patients with chronic lung disorders also have gastric reflux.  Irritating acidic stomach juices leak out of the stomach and into the throat and esophagus, causing heartburn.  The irritation results in muscle spasms in the throat.  Common symptoms include frequent throat clearing, excessive mucous and soreness in the throat.  Some patients have reflux with minimal symptoms.

The following are suggestions to assist in neutralizing the stomach acid, lessen the production of acid, and prevent acid from coming up into the esophagus.  This information is not intended to be medical advice.  Please consult with your doctor if you have specific questions regarding any of these suggestions.


  • Avoid overeating; choose several small, bland meals to balance your intake throughout the day.  A full stomach will put extra pressure on the valve causing it to open and allow acid into the esophagus.

List of foods to avoid

  • Caffeine, fatty foods, fried foods, spicy/acidic foods, foods that are very hot or cold, chocolate, garlic, heavy sauces, butter, whole milk, creamed foods and soups, citrus fruits and juices, peppermint and spearmint, margarine, and tomato-based products. Carbonated beverages
  • No more than 6 oz. of water per hour with food.
  • Caffeine, decaffeinated coffee can also increase stomach acid.  If you must drink coffee products, do stop by 2pm.
  • Alcohol/vino- if you desire a glass of wine, having it early with dinner will lessen reflux symptoms rather than drinking a glass before bedtime.

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Tags: Acid Reflux Bronchiectasis Diet Gastric
Categories: Awareness

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