Acid Reflux and Sinusitis: How to Avoid It

Acid Reflux and Sinusitis: How to Avoid It

Acid Reflux and Sinusitis

Having a stuffy nose and an upset stomach are two very uncomfortable conditions that we all experience now and again. An estimated 24 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, and millions experience heartburn and discomfort due to acid reflux. Unfortunately, in many cases, these two conditions can coincide. Research has discovered that acid reflux, otherwise known as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, is frequently linked with sinusitis. While these two conditions can often go hand in hand, luckily there are ways to avoid these unpleasant ailments.

The Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Include:

• Heartburn
• Dysphagia
• Regurgitation of acid
• Bloating
• Burping
• Nausea
• Bitter taste in the mouth
• Chest pain
• Dry cough
• Wheezing

Try This Simple Modification

Approaching the problem naturally may work for you, all it takes is some modifications to your daily diet. If you are experiencing chronic acid reflux, you should change your diet. The elimination diet, while extreme, can help you better pinpoint what’s causing issues. Otherwise, be sure to eat organic produce and meats, eat a balanced diet, and avoid processed foods. Especially if you can’t identify a good chunk of the ingredients on the label. There’s a chance if you address your acid reflux symptoms, your sinusitis may clear itself up. No doctors, no surgery, or nasal rinses needed.

Are You Ready to Get Rid of GERD?

Foods to avoid

• Citrus
• Chocolate
• Peppermint
• Fried food
• Fatty food
• Onions
• Soda and other caffeinated beverages
• Red wine
• Liquor
• Onions
• Tomatoes
• Dairy products

Lifestyle Changes

• No late-night snacks
• Eat small meals
• Eat slowly
• Don’t smoke
• Reduce the use of OTC medication, such as aspirin and ibuprofen

If you believe your acid reflux and sinusitis may be linked, make the necessary lifestyle changes to see if your condition improves. If your symptoms persist despite your best efforts or you have questions, give us a call today.

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