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Acid Reflux Diet and Cookbook For Dummies

Acid Reflux Diet and Cookbook For Dummies

Patricia Raymond , Michelle Beaver

ISBN: 978-1-118-83914-0

Aug 2014

336 pages



Get rid of GERD for good

Is your heartburn making you dread meal times? No matter how delicious a feast is before you, the prospect of that burning pain, nausea, and even vomiting can be enough to make you turn away. Heartburn is a symptom of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, commonly called acid reflux, and the pain is caused by stomach acid damaging the tissue in your esophagus. It's more than a minor annoyance—GERD is a precursor to esophageal cancer, and it affects over 50 million Americans. There are medications to treat GERD, but what most sufferers don't realize is that a few simple lifestyle changes can help your medication work better—or get you off medications completely.

Acid Reflux Diet & Cookbook for Dummies is your roadmap to ending GERD for good. In it, you'll find lifestyle and diet modifications that prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place, as well as explanations about the mechanism of the condition and how and why these modifications help. The book contains over 70 practical recipes, plus tips on navigating grocery stores, restaurant menus, and the holiday season. You'll gain valuable insight on the small, easy changes that can make a big difference, and get answers to questions like:

  • Is your posture and sleep position working against you?
  • Can chewing gum really help or hurt?
  • What supplements may work just as well, or better than, prescriptions?
  • How does eating more often help prevent symptoms?

Whether you've tried every treatment available and still haven't found relief, or are hoping to avoid prescription medication completely, Acid Reflux Diet & Cookbook for Dummies is a clear, comprehensive guide to getting rid of GERD.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with the Acid Reflux Diet 5

Chapter 1: Saying Goodbye to Reflux: Your Road to a Reflux-Free Lifestyle 7

Chapter 2: The Lowdown on Acid Reflux 17

Chapter 3: Recognizing the Dangers of the Condition 31

Chapter 4: Digesting the Gastrointestinal Triggers (Or Not!) 51

Chapter 5: Finding Relief in the Medicine Cabinet and Beyond 71

Part II: Making Diet and Lifestyle Changes 97

Chapter 6: Getting Started on the Acid Reflux Diet 99

Chapter 7: That Thing You Do: Embracing Lifestyle Changes 121

Chapter 8: Staying Fit, Inside and Out 131

Part III: Symptom-Soothing Recipes 137

Chapter 9: Beginning with Breakfast 139

Chapter 10: Fulfilling Lunches 161

Chapter 11: Delectable Dinners 179

Chapter 12: Appetizers and Snacks 201

Chapter 13: Easing and Pleasing Beverages 213

Chapter 14: Worry-Free Desserts 227

Part IV: Solutions for Specific Situations 241

Chapter 15: Finding Safe Dishes When You're Eating Out 243

Chapter 16: From Pregnancy to the Golden Years: Managing Acid Reflux in Special Communities 249

Chapter 17: When Diet and Alternative Therapies Don't Cut It: Surgical Options 255

Part V: The Part of Tens 265

Chapter 18: Ten (Or So) Simple Ways to Change Your Eating Habits 267

Chapter 19: Ten Changes You Can Make in the Kitchen 273

Chapter 20: Ten My ths about Acid Reflux 277

Chapter 21: Ten Benefits of Get ting Rid of Acid Reflux 281

Appendix: Metric Conversion Guide 287

Index 291