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7 Recipe Ideas for GERD Patients 

The nausea, bloating, and burning symptoms of chronic acid reflux can create problems that extend beyond physical discomfort.

Like others with GERD, you may find that your favorite foods begin to trigger your heartburn. The result can be an ever-narrowing diet that leaves you frustrated.

As eating at a restaurant becomes difficult, you may begin to cook at home. But you still face the challenge of a limited range of foods you can eat.

While last month’s article covered GERD-friendly foods, this month’s article will give you a handful of recipes for acid reflux sufferers. Here are 7 recipes that make life easier if you suffer from GERD.

  1. Melon Fruit Salad

As I mentioned last month, you’ll want to adopt the melon family into your diet if you experience constant heartburn. Lower acidity, the presence of magnesium, and other qualities make melons a safe choice for your diet.

If you’re looking for an easy way to prepare a melon dish, check out Betty Crocker’s melon fruit salad recipe for a tasty and colorful treat.

  1. Banana Popsicles

Banana popsicles are another great addition to your recipes for acid reflux. Making this treat can provide an easy, simple, and healthy snack that won’t trigger burning and bloating symptoms.

To make these popsicles, purchase several ripe bananas and peel them. Put each banana in a small, resealable bag, and place all of them in the freezer. After a day to harden, your bananas will be ready to enjoy.

  1. Ginger Tea

Ginger tea is well known for its ability to provide digestive relief. While you can buy this tea prepackaged at a store, there’s nothing like the potency and freshness of homemade ginger tea.

To make it yourself, check out this ginger tea recipe. You’ll be happy to know that the instructions allow you to reheat any leftover tea. Simply double the recipe to make several cups for later.

  1. Fennel Salad

According to WebMD, fennel is known for treating digestive issues such as…

  • Heartburn.
  • Intestinal gas.
  • Bloating.

Because of this, you’ll want to include fennel dishes among your recipes for acid reflux.

If you’re looking for a healthy way to include fennel in your diet, try this fennel salad from Allrecipes. Not only will you benefit from the fennel, but you’ll also get a good helping of beets, green onions, and parsley.

  1. Broccoli Salad

As WebMD explains, broccoli and other green veggies are less acidic than other food choices. If you’re accustomed to red pasta sauce, citrus fruits, or other acid-reflux-triggering foods, broccoli dishes are a better choice.

Be sure you try this broccoli salad recipe for its flavorful mix of broccoli, almonds, bacon, and other ingredients.

  1. Cauliflower Substitutes

If you struggle with GERD, it’s important you help your digestive system repair by avoiding pizza, white bread, and other high-starch choices. However, giving up your favorite foods can make healthy eating unnecessarily difficult.

The good news is that cauliflower can substitute for many wheat-based foods you enjoy. If you love pizza, check out this cauliflower pizza crust recipe, and couple it with a white sauce to avoid acidic tomatoes.

If you enjoy your morning bagel, but need to lose weight for your GERD, try this recipe for cauliflower bagels.

  1. Oven-Roasted Asparagus

Recipes for acid reflux don’t always require swapping your favorite ingredients with substitutes. If you struggle with GERD, you can still enjoy a gourmet favorite—roasted asparagus.

According to WebMD, asparagus is another veggie that ranks low on the Ph scale. You can enjoy how gentle this vegetable is for your GERD with this oven-roasted asparagus recipe that’s seasoned with tasty garlic, olive oil, and almonds.

Changing your diet to support digestive health can ease your symptoms and help you avoid a path that leads to dependence on antacids, PPIs, and other medications.

But if you suffer from chronic acid reflux, making minor adjustments in your diet can be insufficient. In cases like these, digestive healing may require comprehensive evaluation and treatment.

If you need a solution to address the root cause of your GERD, join the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. This physician-supervised program can help you repair and heal your digestive system from the inside out.

To get the support and direction you need, join the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program today.

Acid Reflux Risks Factors: What to Know and What to Do

If you or someone you love suffers from constant heartburn, it’s only natural to wonder what triggered the painful symptoms.

Maybe you daily experience the burning and nausea that comes with GERD. Or perhaps someone in your family suffers from chronic acid reflux, and you’re wondering what factors increase the likelihood that you’re next.

There are several acid reflux risk factors that can lead to struggling with GERD. The good news is that you can control some of these influencers.

In this article, I’ll explain 3 lifestyle choices that increase your chances of developing acid reflux and what you can do to reduce your risk.

Smoking

Smoking can do more than damage your lungs. This destructive habit can also trigger GERD.

As WebMD explains, smoking can cause acid reflux—increasing your stomach’s acid production and hindering your lower esophageal sphincter muscle in addition to other problems.

The only solution to escaping these complications is to avoid smoking altogether. As you work to replace your nicotine habit with healthy choices, focus on the digestive benefits you will gain.

In 2016, PLOS ONE released a research study examining individuals who had quit cigarette use. The articles states that 43.9% of the patients who stopped smoking saw their GERD improve.

Removing this risk factor from your life allows you to experience an opportunity for acid reflux relief.

Obesity and Poor Diet

It’s no secret that obesity, in conjunction with a poor diet, can lead to a number of health problems. If you’re a GERD sufferer, you should also know that obesity is one of the acid reflux risk factors you can eliminate from your life.

According to an article published by the Obesity Action Coalition

Studies have shown that weight gain and an increase in the size of one’s belly may either cause or worsen this condition [acid reflux].

However, as the article goes on to explain, losing weight can help you turn back your GERD symptoms.

If you struggle with obesity caused by a poor diet, there are some simple steps you can take to shift your life onto a healthier path. Here are a few of my personal recommendations below:

#1 Avoid processed foods. Prepared foods can be high in sugar, salt, and other harmful chemicals and additives. To avoid damaging health and gaining weight, it’s important that you cook your own meals or eat prepared foods with ingredients you know are healthy.

#2 Avoid inflammatory foods. Even if you cook your own meals, you can still eat foods that cause inflammation. Try to avoid frying your food, using white flour, and adding sugar to your diet. Opt instead for inflammation-reducing vegetables and fruits.

#3 Increase your activity. Weight loss will be difficult unless you take steps to be more active. It doesn’t have to be complicated: begin focusing on simple exercises, such as walking, to start shedding pounds.

Medications

Medication is one of the acid reflux risk factors you may be unaware of. According to the Mayo Clinic, there are a number of pills that can create GERD, such as…

  • Osteoporosis medication (bisphosphonates).
  • Pain medications (ibuprofen and aspirin).
  •  Quinidine.
  •  Antibiotics.

While you may be unable to skip taking medication like quinidine, you can control your intake of ibuprofen or antibiotics. Don’t take antibiotics unless they are necessary. Skip those inflammatory foods to avoid the aches that lead to pain medication.

Healing acid reflux—without masking your symptoms with PPIs, H2 blockers, and antacids—can mean more than putting down the cigarette or getting on the treadmill.

Often, the key to ending acid reflux is getting to the bottom of your health issues.

Join the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program to gain the knowledge, tools, and support you need for restoring your health and easing your GERD.

5 Ways Chronic Acid Reflux Damages Your Health

When you have chronic acid reflux, it’s easy to focus on the obvious health problems you experience on a daily basis—the burning sensations after meals, the excessive hiccups, and the nausea.

Chronic acid reflux can create more damage to your health than you may realize. Without knowing it, you could be developing serious health problems simply because you didn’t know the complications of untreated GERD.

Long-term GERD is linked to a wide range of issues, and it’s important that you know what these are so you can recognize your risk and take action to heal your GERD.

Here are five health problems you might develop if you don’t address your chronic acid reflux.

#1 Pneumonia

One surprising complication of long-term acid reflux is pneumonia. When you think of pneumonia, the first thing that may come to your mind is viral pneumonia that you can catch from others.

But according to MedicineNet, GERD can cause reflux liquid to enter your lungs and create infection. Even worse, the article explains that you may be unaware this is happening because it can occur at night.

#2 Asthma

Chronic acid reflux may also cause another lung-related health problem: asthma.

According to Healthline, there’s a strong link between acid reflux and asthma. As Healthline explains, the medical community doesn’t know for sure why there’s a connection, but here are a few possible reasons:

  • Your reflux can damage your airways, and the acid can cause your lungs to become more sensitive.
  • Because it’s trying to keep acid out of your lungs, your body develops an automatic response that tightens your airways.

Whatever the reason, you need to seriously consider the link between asthma and your heartburn. If you don’t treat your GERD now, the inconveniences on your lifestyle may spread beyond diet restrictions to your favorite activities.

#3 Esophageal ulcers

Your lungs aren’t the only thing at risk when it comes to chronic acid reflux. The heartburn you experience after you eat that candy bar or drink that cup of coffee may be damaging your esophagus.

According to WebMD, when you experience reflux, it can begin to wear away the lining of your esophagus, creating ulcers.

And this can lead to yet another problem…

#4 Narrowing of the esophagus

According to UpToDate, when your esophagus begins to heal the ulcers your acid reflux creates, you can experience esophageal stricture.

In other words, your esophagus can begin to narrow and become smaller.

The article states that your body produces collagen as it heals your esophagus, but this collagen shrinks. As UpToDate explains, the result is you may have difficulty swallowing or experience impacted food in your esophagus.

 #5 Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer

But perhaps the scariest of the health complications you can develop from untreated chronic acid reflux is Barrett’s esophagus.

If you don’t know much about this condition—and what it could lead to—here are some important facts from WebMD:

  • Around 10% of people with chronic acid reflux develop Barrett’s esophagus.
  • Barrett’s esophagus causes your esophageal lining to become like your intestinal track.
  • You may have no symptoms of Barrett’s esophagus.
  • It’s very rare, but Barrett’s esophagus is linked to esophageal cancer.

Whether you want to avoid Barrett’s esophagus or pneumonia, the key to putting a stop to your GERD is knowing what causes it in the first place.

Don’t treat your chronic acid reflux by putting a Band-Aid on your problem with medications, such as PPIs, H2 blockers, or antacids.

Heal your body from acid reflux naturally, and get to the root of your flare-ups when you enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

Antacids: A Dangerous and Ineffective Solution for GERD

 

If you suffer from chronic acid reflux, you might know the health risks associated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), risks such as dementia and heart attacks. PPIs are medications that lessen how much acid your stomach produces.

Due to numerous ads on television and in magazines, it’s easy to think that antacids are a benign option for treating your GERD. Unlike PPIs, antacids don’t prevent acid production in your stomach. Instead, they neutralize your stomach acid.

In your quest to seek relief, these over-the-counter medications appear to be a safer way of coping with your acid reflux while avoiding harmful side effects.

The reality is antacids are dangerous. You can’t find comfort in familiar brands because there are side effects lurking beneath those familiar labels.

As a group, antacids not only present health risks. They also are a dead end for treating  your chronic heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.

Here are 4 reasons why antacids are a dangerous and, ultimately, ineffective solution for your GERD.

  1. Some antacids contain aluminum.

Antacids can be a source of aluminum for your body. Some medications contain an ingredient called aluminum hydroxide. If you’re scratching your head, wondering what the danger is, here’s what you need to know.

According to an article published in NeuroToxicology, Stephen Bondy from the Environmental Toxicology Program at UCI argues that aluminum…

  • May spark Alzheimer’s.
  • Is connected to brain inflammation.
  • Is a likely factor for increasing the rate that brains age.

If you use antacids as a crutch for your acid reflux, you may be putting your brain at risk.

  1. Antacids can lead to hypophosphatemia.

Hypophosphatemia is just as bad as it sounds. The Merck Manual explains that hypophosphatemia means you have too little phosphate in your blood and this can lead to…

  • Bone weakness.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • And worse.

Here’s the scary part. If you take antacids to treat your chronic acid reflux, you may be placing yourself at risk.

The medical journal QJM released an article on this subject in 2010. In the article, the authors explain that hypophosphatemia is connected to using antacids at a high dose for a long period of time.

Since it’s unlikely the data has drastically changed since QJM released this article, you need to take this warning seriously if you use a heavy dose of antacids to treat your GERD.

  1. Antacids create digestive issues.

Antacids attempt to treat GI issues by easing your acid reflux. But while you’re trying to resolve your digestive issues in one area, you could be creating digestive problems in another area.

According to RxList, antacids—whether they contain aluminum or magnesium—can lead to problems. The article explains that both constipation and diarrhea are side effects of antacids, a nasty fact for those who already suffer enough from digestive issues.

  1. Antacid use doesn’t solve acid reflux.

Antacids aren’t only dangerous for your health. To put it simply, they’re an ineffective solution for a long-term problem. When you rely on antacids to quell the burning in your stomach, you’re merely masking your acid reflux symptoms.

If you want to heal your body from GERD, you need to get to the bottom of what is triggering your acid reflux. Putting a band-aid on your symptoms only keeps you from dealing with your root issues and finding true health.

Heal acid reflux naturally, and find a health-friendly solution for your GERD. Enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program. During this program, you’ll uncover the things that trigger your discomfort and find real relief without relying on medication.

5 Ways to Avoid Acid Reflux Trigger Foods

You know your acid reflux trigger foods

Coffee.

A juicy hotdog.

Spaghetti.

But that doesn’t mean you always avoid them.

You may find yourself relying on antacids, H2 blockers, or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) simply because you can’t seem to resist your favorite foods.

I once had a group of employees who enjoyed chicken wings. Once a week, they would take heartburn medication so they could order wings for lunch.

But the fact is that gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can’t be beaten unless you purposefully avoid the foods that cause flare-ups.

If you want to break free of medication and experience relief from your acid reflux symptoms, you’ll need to be proactive.

Even if you’ve begun to heal your stomach naturally, it can be tempting to slip into the old eating habits.

It’s easy to start nibbling on your forbidden foods—and forget that you’re unraveling the progress you’ve made.

Here are 5 practical ways you can avoid acid reflux trigger foods and the resulting burning symptoms:

#1 Cook from home.

Cooking from home can help you avoid a GERD flare-up. Because you’re in charge of your recipes and ingredients, the power of healing is placed in your hands.

Begin making intentional choices to forgo convenience, and prepare homemade meals.

One way to know which foods you should include (or avoid) in your cooking is to take an immunoglobulin G food sensitivity test. This test will reveal the foods your body may be sensitive to so you can cut certain ingredients in your cooking.

#2 Avoid certain restaurants.

Just because you’re cooking from home doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat! However, you’ll need to be proactive. Certain restaurants make it harder to avoid your acid reflux trigger foods.

Here are some places to skip if you have other options:

  • Italian restaurants. Tomato sauce is a staple of Italian cuisine…and it can also trigger your acid reflux symptoms.
  • Chinese restaurants. Some Chinese foods are fried, which triggers GERD issues.
  • Fast food restaurants. This is a huge no-no for acid reflux sufferers. If you have to eat at a fast food place, opt for a healthy salad instead.

#3 Recognize circumstances that tempt you to turn to trigger foods.

You probably have certain go-to foods. You may turn to a donut when you don’t have a healthy snack on hand. You may be tempted to head to the nearest greasy spoon if you haven’t prepared dinner.

Pinpoint the circumstances to make it easier to avoid foods that stir up GERD symptoms. You’ll recognize the temptations that eventually lead to burning, nausea, and belching.

#4 Replace trigger foods with healthy substitutes.

After you’ve identified the situations that nudge you toward unhealthy cravings, it’s time to take action. Brainstorm how you can replace your acid reflux trigger foods with better substitutes.

For instance, try some fresh-cut peaches instead of a that bowl of ice cream. And instead of going to the coffee pot, why not drink a healthy smoothie?

#5 Learn to practice discipline.

You can’t always avoid tricky situations and restaurants. The key to staying on the path to healing is to practice discipline. At first, it may seem difficult…until you consider all the benefits:

  • Avoiding trigger foods helps keep you out of pain. Remember how painful your burning symptoms were? Eating trigger foods will bring these back again.
  • Avoiding trigger foods helps your stomach heal naturally. You’re giving your body a chance to repair.

If you need help identifying your trigger foods and getting the support you need to avoid them, sign up for my Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

We’ll examine your unique situation and tailor a program to heal your acid reflux naturally.

Healing Your GERD: 10 Reasons to Take Charge

If you listen to mainstream medical advice, you’re a victim of your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

If you go for a medical appointment, you’ll probably be given the usual round of treatment. Whether it’s a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) or a H2 blocker, the answer to the burning systems will be predictable—medication.

This medication will merely treat the symptoms of your acid reflux without ever addressing the underlying problem. And it’s also going to put you as a passive bystander when it comes to your healing. You’ll just be reacting to your symptoms.

In short, you might not know there are natural alternatives when it comes to your acid reflux.

I’m here to tell you that you can do something about your GERD. You can cure your acid reflux by helping your body repair itself and avoiding certain food triggers.

If treating your GERD naturally seems an insurmountable task, here are 10 reasons to take charge of your healing.

#1. Natural healing is possible. Just because you have that prescription slip in your hand doesn’t mean that’s the path you have to take. Natural healing is a viable option. See the testimonies of others who have overcome GERD naturally.

#2. Taking charge of your acid reflux can address other health issues. If you’re experiencing GERD, you may have other health problems like weight gain, inflammation, and food sensitivities. When you address the root cause of your acid reflux symptoms, you may strike a blow at these other health problems as well.

#3. Healing your acid reflux naturally can help you achieve a more wholesome diet. When you fight acid reflux the natural way, you’ll likely end up altering your diet. Many times, the foods and beverages that trigger acid reflux aren’t good for you anyway. Think caffeinated beverages and fried meals. Saying no to a pill and yes to nutrition may be the catalyst for a long-needed diet change.

#4. Taking charge of your acid reflux may help you lose weight. This benefit piggybacks off my previous point. As you begin to eat a diet that avoids flare-ups, you may find that you end up shedding a few pounds. That’s a reason in itself.

#5. Healing your acid reflux can enlighten you to other health issues you didn’t know you had. In my Cure Your Acid Reflux Program, we offer a food sensitivity test to help you treat your GERD. This test may reveal your body has negative reactions to certain foods. Addressing your acid reflux may just uncover health issues you never understood.

#6. You can’t rely on medications. Medications don’t always work. While we’ve been told that a pill is the answer to everything, that simply isn’t the case. Just read Jill’s story to see a real-life example of what I’m talking about.

#7. If your GERD persists, you may be at risk for cancer. GERD symptoms left unaddressed can lead to esophageal cancer. And as I just pointed out, medications won’t always halt the symptoms. That’s a huge reason for taking charge of your acid reflux.

#8. Medicating your GERD symptoms can lead to deadly health problems. There’s documented evidence that PPIs are linked to dementia, heart attacks, and chronic kidney disease. When you don’t take charge of your GERD, you’ll have to rely on something, and that something may just be a pill that damages your health.

#9. Healing your GERD isn’t rocket science; it’s simple. Yes, naturally treating your GERD will require you to discipline your behaviors and eating habits. But that doesn’t mean it’s complicated. The key principle is helping your body restore your digestive system’s natural function.

#10. Healing your GERD can help you live a normal life again. By taking ownership of your acid reflux symptoms, you can become free—free from pills, free from unhealthy foods, and free from your acid reflux flare-ups.

Instead of settling for medication and helplessness, take charge of your GERD. You can begin to resolve your acid reflux symptoms naturally today. Start by enrolling in our Cure Your Acid Reflux Program.

How a Food Sensitivity Test Can Help You Beat Acid Reflux

When it comes to GERD, ignorance is not bliss.

A single dietary mistake can leave you with symptoms of burning, nausea, and belching.

There are certain foods known for triggering acid reflux, foods you know not to eat. However, that doesn’t mean these are the only foods that can cause your symptoms.

Each person’s immune system is crafted differently. And sometimes that means your spouse can eat that delicious dish while you experience an acid reflux flare-up.

Your body may simply be experiencing a food sensitivity that others don’t struggle with.

One of the ways you can beat acid reflux is by knowing which foods are triggering your symptoms. You can find this out through a food sensitivity test. I’ll explain exactly what I’m talking about.

What is a food sensitivity test?

A food sensitivity test will measure if your body will likely produce a negative reaction to certain foods.

Here at Cure Your Acid Reflux, we offer something called an immunoglobulin G (IgG) food sensitivity test.

We offer two types of this test; one test will probe for 96 food sensitivities while the other will test for 184 food sensitivities.

To see which foods are causing your issues, this test will require you to have your blood drawn. You’ll then send your blood to a lab. In approximately 2 weeks, you’ll know your results.

How can a food sensitivity test help my acid reflux?

If your body has a strong negative reaction to a certain food, then that food product has the potential to trigger your stomach’s acid reflux.

For instance, you may have an inflammatory reaction to a vegetable, and you’ve experienced this sensitivity your whole life—without knowing it.

And each time you eat that vegetable, your body panics and triggers your GERD symptoms.

Once the results from the lab come back, you’ll have a better understanding of what could be contributing to your unusual acid reflux symptoms.

With a food sensitivity test, you can pinpoint those foods you want to avoid when you’re…

  • Grocery shopping.
  • Eating out.
  • Cooking meals.

What if I need more help than a food sensitivity test?

A food sensitivity test is a great place to start if you’re looking to halt your reflux symptoms naturally.

However, treating your GERD without PPIs, H2 blockers, or antacids will sometimes require you to do more than just avoid certain foods.

You may need to create radical, holistic changes.

Here at Cure Your Acid Reflux, we want our patients to do just that. In our program, we work to help each patient…

  • Eliminate harmful bacteria in the gut.
  • Replace that harmful bacteria with good bacteria.
  • Help the stomach do its job again with digestive bitters.
  • Work through lifestyle changes.

We even offer the IgG food sensitivity test.

Take control of your acid reflux, and enroll in the Cure Your Acid Reflux Program today.