10 Causes of Acid Reflux & How To Easily Treat Them
6. Bending Over or Lying Down after Eating
Bending over or lying down soon after eating can put more pressure on the stomach, this can force the LES to open and allow some of the stomach acid to rise into the esophagus. This will be worse if you have eaten a big meal.
7. Eating too Quickly
A lot of people are on the run these days, quickly eating meals or eating in front of the TV. Even if you think you do not eat quickly I recommend slowing down and chewing your food really well to see what difference this makes to your acid reflux and digestion. Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth, so if you eat quickly the salivary amylase cannot start to digest your food.
8. Food Intolerances
In particular wheat and other gluten containing grains can cause acid reflux, another main cause is dairy and in particular, if someone is lactose intolerant. While food allergy testing is available, I recommend eliminating grains and dairy for a couple of weeks to see if this makes a difference to your acid reflux.
9. Acid Reflux causing foods
While everyone is different and will react to different foods these are some of the common culprits that can cause acid reflux. Coffee, citrus fruits, tomatoes, spicy foods, fried foods, vegetable oils and processed foods in general.
10. Malabsorption of Carbohydrates, in Particular, High Fodmap Foods
The FODMAP diet is the most researched diet when it comes to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and reducing acid reflux. FODMAP’s are carbohydrates that are hard for some people to break down and digest, they include commonly eaten foods like onion, garlic, apples, and watermelon. If you are reacting to these foods it may indicate you have an underlying SIBO infection that should be investigated.