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.
Patricia Raymond, MD, FACG, is one of the most respected voices in patient education on digestive health, including acid reflux. Michelle Beaver has served as editor-in-chief or associate editor for magazines that serve surgeons, endoscopic nurses, nephrologists, and primary-care physicians.
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