If you have had heartburn before, you know that acid reflux is not a pleasant experience. However, what is one to do about that burning chest pain?
One of the most common suggestions for dealing with heartburn or GERD is an acid reflux diet. The problem is a lot of these acid reflux diets is that they just do not work. There is a good reason for this because human physiology is just not that simple.
People like to think that the reason you get acid reflux is because you ate something acidic. This is a ridiculous notion. They tell you not to eat lemons because they might be too acidic. This is now how it works at all.
Think of it this way – stomach acid is so acidic it would burn through your skin or even metal. This is why if you get sick and vomit, you will have a sore throat. This is why heartburn hurts the way it does – that acid is not a comfortable experience.
Now compare this to something like a lemon. Is a lemon really so acidic that it burns your throat? Of course not. Lemon is thought to be a pretty healthy thing to eat and a promoter of liver health.
The truth is that the acid itself is not the problem. The problem is when the acid leaves the stomach and enters the esophagus. Why does this happen? Some would suggest that this is the result of gas trying to leave the stomach and enter the esophagus. It is theorized that this might occur as a result of eating too many carbohydrates or drinking alcohol, as bacteria would then digest these chemicals and release gas out into the stomach. This irritates the lower esophageal sphincter, which then forces it to relax.
It is too early to say for sure what exactly the cause is of acid reflux, but we know that an acid reflux diet of eliminating trigger foods is probably not a big help.