Top 4 diet tips for Heart Burn, Acid Re flux and Esophageal cancer patients .
If you have Acid Re flux or if your doctor has mentioned that you have GERD (Gastro esophageal reflux disease) or Barrett’s Esophagus you should keep in mind the following tips before planning your diet.
Individuals suffering from GERD / Barrett’s are predisposed to esophageal cancer and they need to take care of their diet.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
In general fruits and vegetables are very healthy for the esophagus as they rich in Antioxidants which fight cancer and phytonutrients. Fruits and vegies also help in preventing acid reflux and GERD . Among all vegetables it has been observed that Broccoli and Kale (KaramSaag in India) which is very similar in taste to cabbage are superfoods against esophageal cancers and acid reflux / GERD. They contain chemicals which help in repair of damaged DNA and also have potent anti cancer properties .
Amongst the food that cause acidity are tomatoes and Citrus fruits like oranges and Kinnow.
Patients suffering from GERD and Heartburn must include proteins as part of their diet. The protein in the diet helps prevent reflux of acid or food back from the stomach to the esophagus hence preventing injury to the esophagus. It’s important to note that protein diet should be Low fat – Protein such as pulses, Egg white, Chicken and fish rather than having High fat – protein such as Meat which may increase the chances of heartburn.
Dairy products that are fatty Eg. Ice Cream, Cream, Full Cream Milk etc will worsen the acid reflux and increase chances of esophageal injury hence esophageal cancers. Low-fat dairy like toned milk etc. are less likely to irritate the esophagus.
ACID LOVING FOODS
It’s worthwhile going through the link …… which very simply tells us what foods to avoid .these foods are called as trigger foods. These trigger foods basically relax the gastro-esophageal sphincter resulting in reflux of acid from the stomach to the esophagus.