Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or ‘GERD’, disinfects a remnant in the esophagus of certain fluids in the stomach. And a few drinks tend to aggravate this phenomenon. Here are the things to avoid when you suffer from this chronic disease.
In sensitive people, this drink can cause reflux or heartburn due to its caffeine content. In fact, coffee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid.
Ditto for citrus juices like orange or grapefruit. These drinks can irritate the lining of the esophagus and therefore increase the symptoms.
Also be careful not to overuse soft drinks. It doesn’t matter if it’s water or sodas. The gas will create volume in the stomach and thus promotes regurgitations.
Also irritating, alcohol increases the acidity of the stomach and causes the sphincter to relax, which normally contracts to prevent the food bowl from rising into the esophagus.
Another hot drink to avoid: tea. The source of methylxanthine, such as coffee, can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and especially the reflux of gastric contents.