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Coffee VS Acid Reflux

Coffee VS Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is an unwelcome companion for many, causing discomfort and pain. If you're among the millions affected, you may have heard that coffee can exacerbate your symptoms. However, recent studies have revealed some unexpected benefits of coffee for those with acid reflux. In this blog post, we'll explore how coffee can actually help alleviate acid reflux and provide tips on making it more stomach-friendly.

Let's begin by understanding why coffee can sometimes trigger acid reflux.

Coffee is highly acidic, which means it can irritate the lining of your stomach and esophagus. Additionally, it can relax the lower esophageal sphincter—a muscle that normally prevents stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus. However, it's worth noting that not everyone with acid reflux experiences symptoms from coffee consumption, and the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person.

Now, let's dive into the good news.

Recent studies have indicated that moderate coffee consumption (defined as 1-2 cups per day) can actually offer benefits for individuals with acid reflux. One study found that regular coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of developing GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) in men. Similarly, another study discovered that coffee intake was not linked to an increased risk of acid reflux symptoms in women.

So, how can you make coffee more stomach-friendly if you suffer from acid reflux?

Here are some tips to consider:

1. Opt for low-acid coffee: Not all coffees are created equal in terms of acidity. Dark roasts and coffee made from beans grown in low-altitude regions tend to be less acidic.

2. Try the cold-brew method: Cold-brew coffee is less acidic than its hot-brewed counterpart because it's prepared with cold or room temperature water. This extraction process results in a beverage with lower acid levels.

3. Add milk or cream: Incorporating milk or cream into your coffee can help neutralize its acidity, making it gentler on your stomach.

4. Moderation is key: As with any food or drink, moderation is crucial. Limit your coffee intake to 1-2 cups per day to minimize the risk of triggering acid reflux symptoms.

While coffee is often presumed to worsen acid reflux, moderate consumption can surprisingly bring benefits for those affected. By selecting the right coffee and brewing method, and practicing moderation, you can continue to savour your daily cup without aggravating your acid reflux.

As always, if you experience severe or persistent acid reflux symptoms, it's important to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice and guidance.

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