A week before Christmas, I was diagnosed with an early symptoms of GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder), which put my health again at risk. GERD is a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices or food and fluids back up from the stomach into the esophagus.
Prior to my doctor’s diagnosis, I suffered severe stomach pain for almost a week. My stomach acid moved up to my esophagus with a burning feeling, and it’s really uncomfortable makes me burp a sour taste. I also feel bloated with too much gas in my stomach. I can’t eat and sleep properly for days so I decided to pay a visit to a Gastroenterologist (a digestive disease specialist). And after a series of test, I was diagnose with an early symptoms of GERD.
I have to undergo medication for two weeks and I also need to change my eating habit. It means, I should change my diet and avoid foods that might trigger my symptoms. One I should avoid is food containing caffeine. As a coffee lover, it’s torture for me to avoid coffee in my diet, but I must stop consuming caffeine because it can cause acid reflux. My first week of medication was a bit hard because I need to choose carefully what to eat and put into my stomach. It’s a good thing that my doctor gave me a list of food I should consume to help me reduce my symptoms and what I must avoid to eat.
I should eat more of the following food:
Vegetable – good options include green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes and cucumbers.
Oatmeal (whole grain) – it can absorb acid in the stomach and reduce symptoms of reflux.
Lean Meat and Seafood – such as chicken, turkey, fish and seafood are low-fat and reduce symptoms of acid reflux. Try them grilled, baked or poached.
Ginger – a natural treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems.
Non-Citrus Fruits – including melons, bananas, apples and pears. Healthy Fats Include avocados, walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, sesame oil and sunflower oil.
I should avoid the following food in my diet:
High Fat Food – fried and fatty foods allow more stomach acid to back up into esophagus.
Caffeine and Chocolate
Garlic, Onions and Spicy Foods
Mint, Tomatoes and Citrus
Dairy Products (because I am lactose intolerance)
Changing my diet is really difficult especially this time of holiday season where all my favorite foods are on the table, but of course avoiding them is the only way to prevent and reduce my symptoms. I am on my second week of medication and I’m getting to used to my new diet and I feel a little better. My follow up check-up would be at the beginning of 2021. I hope for my improvement and I am looking forward to a healthier new year.