An alarming number of American citizens suffer from heartburn, gastro esophageal reflux disease, ulcers and acid reflux. Foods that contain citrus, spices and dietary fats are great contributors to these ailments. What many do not know is the negative effects regarding existing acid reflux and coffee. Caffeine is, also, a contributor towards the increased sufferings of acid reflux as it's known to aggravate these existing conditions by promoting hyperacidity within the stomach and digestive tracts.
Some people experience occurrences of acid reflux so infrequently that they might forget the last time and incident happened. Other people, though, suffer from it much more frequently, even having acid indigestion more than once a day!
It's common for those suffering for acid reflux to depend solely on antacids and medications to treat such an ailment. Many of these people, though, do not realize that a slight change in diet can produce the same results, such as reducing the amounts of coffee that drink.
Acid reflux is the occurrence of acid from the stomach is forced up into the esophagus, generally known as heartburn. This only occurs, though, when the esophageal sphincter weakens. The esophageal sphincter is a encoding muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. Studies have proven that there exists a very close association with the ingestion of caffeine, especially in high quantities, and the negative effects of heartburn.
Most people that hear the word caffeine automatically associate the term with coffee. What remains unknown to a lot of people, though, is that caffeine is also present in such delicious delights as cocoa, tea, aerated beverages and chocolate. People may reduce their coffee intake, but continue normal ingestion of the others. This, of course, only helps slightly. As acid reflux worsens, it becomes what is known as gastro esophageal reflux disease, or GERD.
The common ailments associated with GERD are as follows. Chest pain, bleeding, stricture of the esophagus, Barrett's esophagus, swallowing complications and choking. Now, the inability to decrease caffeine intake is not the only way to increase the harmful effects of acid reflux, becoming GERD, but consuming alcoholic beverages and pregnancy have been known to be as equal a culprit.
Caffeinated products tend to increase the process that empties gastric acid from the body which, after time, damages the tissue of the intestines. Obviously, then, to reduce this process, the sufferer must reduce their consumption of caffeine in order to, hopefully, reverse this unwelcome ailment. As in anything, though, unless a person is addicted to such things and must seek professional assistance in order to decrease this unnecessary intake, it's best to just cut caffeine from the diet altogether.
Begin by altering your diet. Substitute caffeinated products with non-caffeinated products. Acid reflux and coffee can prove to be a painful combination. Soy is an excellent substitute. Herbal coffees also make for great alternatives. Not only can you decrease, or reverse, the negative effects of acid reflux by removing caffeine from your diet, but you'll also notice a substantial decrease from chronic stress, adrenaline exhaustion and any other ailments that are associated with caffeine. There's nothing to lose but ailments, themselves.