Food To Avoid if You Have Acid Reflux

Food To Avoid if You Have Acid Reflux

There’s no more an effective way to quickly reduce unhealthy pounds than with weight loss surgery. While effective, there are times when digestive issues, such as gastric reflux, may become slightly more challenging after the procedure. 

Thankfully, you can manage issues such as these largely through your diet.

Some of our patients find that issues with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are remedied after bariatric surgery, while for others, the problems remain, worsen, or develop. 

If you find yourself dealing with gastric reflux after your weight loss surgery, our team of bariatric experts here at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona offers the following dietary tips.

Why the post-surgical acid reflux?

As we mentioned, weight loss surgery can sometimes remedy previous problems with GERD since we remove acid-reducing portions of your stomach during some procedures. 

For example, one study found that 94% of people who underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass reported an improvement in GERD symptoms nine months after the procedure.

Conversely, another study found that up to 40% of people who underwent a gastric sleeve procedure developed GERD afterward.

If you find yourself with ongoing GERD symptoms or new GERD symptoms after your weight loss surgery, there are ways to remedy the problem, especially through your diet.

Foods that trigger acid reflux

While each person’s stomach acids may react differently, there are some general rules of thumb when it comes to foods that may exacerbate GERD.

If you have acid reflux, we urge you to steer clear of:

These foods are shown to increase stomach acids, but you may have your own unique triggers. To determine what causes your GERD to flare up, monitor your eating so you can narrow down the potential culprits and avoid them in the future.

Foods you should eat

While we’re concentrating on foods to avoid if you’re trying to manage acid reflux, we feel it’s important to end on a positive note with foods that may help you to manage your GERD, such as:

As you can see, there are still plenty of dietary options, and better still, these options are healthy and will help keep your weight going in the right direction — down.

If you have more questions about managing post-surgical GERD or you’d like more dietary counseling, please contact one of our offices in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Is Weight Loss Surgery Safe?

Any surgery comes with some risk, but when these risks are stacked up against the dangers of not having surgery, the intervention can be the safer route. This is often the case with weight loss surgery.

Reasons To Consider a Gastric Bypass

You’re contemplating the idea of weight loss surgery, but you want to learn what options you have. Here, we take a closer look at gastric bypass and whether you might be a good candidate.

6 Benefits of the Gastric Sleeve

There’s a good reason (several, really) why gastric sleeve surgery ranks No. 1 in weight loss surgeries in the United States. Here, we explore six of the many benefits of the gastric sleeve.

Am I Preparing My Protein Shake Properly?

You want to lose weight, but you also want to keep your body strong, which is where protein shakes can play an invaluable role. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to preparing these shakes.

The Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea goes far beyond keeping your family up at night with your snoring. The condition, which is often caused by carrying excess weight, can lead to serious health consequences, which we review here.

5 Tips for Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

You’ve decided that weight loss surgery is the best way to shed those unhealthy pounds, and you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. Here, we present a preparation checklist that will help.