Bad Foods At Night

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TOP BAD FOODS FOR NIGHTTIME REFLUX

TOP BAD FOODS FOR NIGHTTIME REFLUX

“The single greatest risk factor for developing acid reflux, asthma, and sleep apnea is night eating,” explains Dr. Jamie Koufman, a pioneering laryngologist, director of the Voice Institute of New York, and author of New York Times bestsellerDROPPING ACID: THE REFLUX DIET COOKBOOK & CURE and THE CHRONIC COUGH ENIGMA – Acid Reflux, Asthma, and Recalcitrant Cough – The Path to a Cure (Katalitix Media, distributed by Simon & Schuster, $14.95).

If you have trouble breathing IN you may be one of more than 100 million Americans suffering from silent reflux. Hoarseness, postnasal drip, sinusitis, allergies, asthma, sore throat, and cough that don’t respond to traditional treatments could signal silent reflux. The source of misery begins with the consequences of what you eat: stomach contents backs up into the throat causing laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), the medical term for reflux into the throat. LPR is also known as airway reflux and silent reflux. “Silent” describes LPR reflux when a person is unaware that the problem is actually acid reflux. THE CHRONIC COUGH ENIGMA explains how to recognize, diagnose, and treat neurogenic and reflux-related cough.

Dr. Koufman says that ideally, you shouldn’t eat or drink within 4 hours of bed (or lying down on the sofa.) Four hours is how long it takes for the stomach to empty, and if you have reflux or just want to avoid it, you should go to bed with an empty stomach. And when it comes to nighttime eating, Dr. Koufman says, avoid these:

BOOZE (A WHISKEY NIGHTCAP IS THE KISS OF DEATH)

Alcohol relaxes the esophageal valves; if you go sleep with a buzz, you will reflux all night long.

CARBONATED COLA BEVERAGES

All soft drinks and fruit juices are acidified to the same level as stomach acid — AVOID

CHOCOLATE CANDY

Yum, right?  Chocolate reflexes the esophagus and is terrible reflux trigger, esp. at night

ICE CREAM (ESPECIALLY CHOCOLATE)

The relatively high-fat with chocolate is an invitation to reflux; clean out the freezer!

RED BULL, MONSTER AND OTHER “ENERGY” DRINKS

Big-dose caffeine relaxes the stomach valves and is acidic too; this stuff is poison!

 HIGH-FAT, HIGH-SUGAR COOKIES

Alas, these combinations are the worst for nighttime snacks and will fatten you up, too.

SANDWICHES (WORST ONES PASTRAMI & CHEESE BURGERS)

These items relax the esophageal valves and slow stomach emptying — Never after 9 p.m.

NUTS (ESPECIALLY CASHEWS, MACADAMIAS, PEANUTS, AND WALNUTS)

These are among the most common reflux trigger foods, sorry.

CITRUS & APPLES (AVOID BOTH THE FRUIT AND THE BEVERAGES)

Too acidic, even one small green apple before bed will set off big-time reflux.

PIZZA & CHEESE (ESPECIALLY HIGH-FAT CHEESES LIKE BRIE)

Eating pizza or cheese late at night as a snack is a really bad idea unless you want to reflux all night.

COFFEE / ESPRESSO

Not only does caffeine relax the esophageal valves, the chemicals in coffee trigger  reflux, too.

 Dr. Jamie Koufman is one of America’s leading laryngologists and she has lectured widely nationally and internationally; she is one of the world’s authorities on reflux disease. Dr. Koufman is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of the New York Medical College. She has received the Honor Award and the Distinguished Service Awards of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, the BroylesMaloney Award of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, and the Casselberry and Newcomb Awards of the American Laryngological Association. The latter is a Lifetime Achievement Award for research and publications in Laryngology. Dr. Koufman has been listed among the Top Doctors in America every year since 1994.http://www.voiceinstituteofnewyork.com/

 

 

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