You should avoid coffee if you experience symptoms of acid reflux. Acid reflux is also known as heartburn, a condition in which foods and stomach acid leak upward from the stomach into your esophagus, causing irritation to the soft lining of the esophagus. Other beverages that may irritate this condition include beer, wine and liquor.
Coffee as Irritant
Coffee is one beverage to avoid if you are experiencing inflammation. Coffee can irritate acid reflux by stimulating excessive gastric acid secretion. Your stomach normally secretes acid, which is used to break down foods prior to absorption in the small intestine. Consuming a lot of coffee means it is more likely this fluid will mix with gastric acid and back up into your esophagus.
Acid Reflux Mechanism
Acid reflux can be chronic or short-term. Ingestion of a corrosive agent, viral inflammation or intubation can cause this condition. Risk of reflux is increased after gastric bypass surgery, tobacco use, recurrent vomiting and increased abdominal pressure such as during pregnancy.
Beverages to Avoid
Alcohol and other caffeine-containing beverages such as tea and cola are common triggers of acid reflux. Some people find that consuming only small amounts of water with their meals can help control symptoms, rather than consuming water by the glass several times throughout a meal. People respond differently to different foods; it is important learn what foods trigger your symptoms.
Best Practices to Manage Acid Reflux
If you have acid reflux, you should avoid large, high-fat meals, especially 3 to 4 hours before sleeping. You should also stop smoking and avoid chocolate. Peppermint and spearmint oils, such as those used in candies and chewing gum, can also trigger acid reflux. You should also stay upright and avoid vigorous activity soon after eating. Additionally, avoid tight-fitting clothing, especially after a meal. Acidic and highly spiced foods can also trigger symptoms.
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