Avoiding Acid Reflux and Sinusitis

If you saw the previous blog post, you know that acid reflux, or gastroesophageal disease, is frequently linked with sinusitis.

The symptoms of acid reflux disease include:

  • Heartburn—a burning sensation in the chest
  • Dysphagia—feeling as if something is stuck in your throat
  • Regurgitation—taste of acid or bile in the back of your throat
  • Bloating, burping, nausea

So, in addition to being a risk factor for sinusitis, acid reflux is bad enough all on its own! Add the sinus headache, runny nose, and difficulty breathing of sinusitis, and you have a recipe for feeling absolutely rotten.

The good news

If you address your acid reflux, your sinusitis may clear itself. That’s right—no doctors, no sinus surgery, no nasal rinses—just a few modifications to the way you eat. Sure, changing your diet is hard work, but isn’t it worth it to get rid of acid reflux and sinusitis in one blow?

Ready to get rid of acid reflux?

Acid Reflux Do's and Don'ts food chart
Acid Reflux Do’s and Don’ts food chart – Click to enlarge

Foods to avoid:

  • Chocolate
  • Peppermint
  • Fried or fatty food
  • Soda and other caffeinated beverages
  • Red wine and liquor
  • Citrus
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

Other ways to combat acid reflux:

  • Eat smaller meals
  • Skip bedtime or late-night snacks…acid reflux is worse if you lay down after you eat
  • Quit smoking!
  • Reduce the use of aspirin and ibuprofen

If you think your acid reflux may be linked to your sinusitis, give these tips a try. If your symptoms persist, give us a call. We’ll be happy to talk with you about other ways to keep your sinuses healthy and clear.

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