3 posts tagged “foods that aggravate GERD”

Food for thought: What GERD means for digging in on Thanksgiving

Posted November 21st, 2016 by

It’s GERD Awareness Week — and it’s also Thanksgiving week. To a lot of folks, this means a holiday feast with all the trimmings: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies and other rich foods. But for people living with gastroesophageal reflux disease — over 4,650 here at PatientsLikeMe — it might mean something different.

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn, but others include difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, sensation of food sticking in the esophagus, chronic sore throat, wheezing or chronic cough.* And while food doesn’t cause GERD, it can aggravate these symptoms.

So what does this mean for eating on Thanksgiving? Here are a few tips from the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD):

  1. Eat dinner earlier
  2. Season lightly
  3. Pass on deep frying your turkey
  4. Eat slowly
  5. Drink more water (and less soda and alcohol)

If you or a loved one is living with GERD, what Thanksgiving tips and GERD-friendly recipes can you share? Hop in the forum and get a conversation going.

*http://www.aboutgerd.org/

 

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Up Your Awareness of GERD Before Chowing Down This Thanksgiving

Posted November 19th, 2012 by

GERD Causes the Backflow or "Reflux" of Stomach Contents, Causing Uncomfortable Symptoms

GERD Awareness Week, now in its 14th year, takes place November 18-24, 2012.  Yes, the week of Thanksgiving.

Given that many Americans celebrate this holiday with big meals (followed by seconds and thirds!), it’s the perfect time to spread the word about gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can cause chronic heartburn and acid regurgitation as well as less commonly known symptoms such as laryngitis, a sudden excess of saliva and the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus.

How can you tell if you have GERD versus occasional heartburn?  Typically, when you have GERD or another more serious condition, heartburn will occur more than once a week and often become more severe at night, to the point where it can disrupt sleep.  If frequent bouts of heartburn are keeping you up at night, talk to your doctor.  You can also call the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) Helpline at 1-888-964-2001 (toll-free from the US) for information at any time.

Fortunately, treatments are available to combat GERD, which affects up to 1 in 5 adults in the US.  According to the 2,254 patients who are part of the GERD Community at PatientsLikeMe, some of the commonly prescribed medications include Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Esomeprazole (Nexium) and Ranitidine (Zantac).  Click on each drug name to see the treatment evaluations our patients have submitted regarding effectiveness, side effects, cost and more.

A Snapshot of the GERD Community at PatientsLikeMe

Then, there’s also watching what you eat.  While GERD is not caused by diet, it can be aggravated by certain foods and eating habits.  To make this Thanksgiving a little more pleasant, consider avoiding the following foods and beverages:  chocolate, onions, fried foods, acidic foods, fatty foods, peppermint, caffeine, carbonated beverages and alcohol.  Eating late at night can also contribute to nighttime heartburn that leaves you restless and sleep deprived.

So, if you see family members who may be experiencing GERD, make sure they know the facts…before they dig into those midnight leftovers!