I’ve written a little about Reflux but wanted to elaborate further because having struggled with it myself for many years, it’s important a little more about it. It’s easy to brush it off as nothing but it’s actually quite dangerous if left untreated.
Reflux isn’t something we’re aware of it until we have it and then we’re not always sure what it means. For the majority of us, Reflux becomes part of our lifestyle choices through our diet. Reflux is where certain foods and stomach acid leak upwards into the oesophagus from the stomach, causing an irritation to the soft lining of the Oesophagus.
Sadly, the beverages we consume contribute to Reflux including coffee, cola, beer, liquor, wine and certain teas. They are all triggers of the condition. Coffee can irritate Reflux by stimulating excessive acid secretion. It is the stomach’s job to secrete acid, which is then used to break down food particles before absorption into the small intestine.
Consuming too much coffee means the fluid will mix with the gastric acid bringing that back into the Oesophagus. The problem is that because Reflux is an acid it can irritate the Oesophagus lining that can cause long term complications such as cancer of the Oesophagus.
The sad reality is that the condition is avoidable, as long as we choose a healthier diet and lifestyle. Acidic foods are also triggers and those include chocolate, spicy foods, citrus fruits, high fat foods, raw onions, tomatoes, garlic, orange juice, peppermint and sugar.