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Gastroenterologists’ Tips

Heartburn can be a very painful condition that occurs in the abdomen and chest. It can be caused by a number of things, including the diet and lifestyle choices. It is caused by the stomach acid working its way back into the esophagus. For those who suffer from chronic heartburn, it is crucial to find help from gastroenterologists.

In some cases, heartburn, also known as acid reflux, can be controlled by eliminating certain foods and drinks from the diet. While it may not be necessary to eliminate all of these items, it may be necessary to remove them all at once, and then to reintroduce them one at a time. This can help determine which foods are causing the most trouble.

Fried Foods

Fried food, from meats to vegetables, can be one of the biggest contributors to acid reflux. They cause aggravation in the digestive system and trigger heartburn. This also includes fast food items that are full of fat and sugar.

Tomato-Based Products

While very healthy and delicious, tomatoes can be a major problem for those suffering from digestive issues. Tomatoes are naturally acidic and can flare up the stomach. This includes ketchup, marinara sauce, and even sliced tomatoes on a salad.

Chocolate

Unfortunately for those who suffer from acid reflux, chocolate is another item that may have to be eliminated in whole or in part because of the pain it can cause. The cocoa, caffeine, and fat in chocolate are the primary factors that cause issues with the digestive system.

Citrus

The acid in citrus fruit causes the sphincter in the esophagus to relax. This allows excess acid to leave the stomach and cause pain. Gastroenterologists advise sufferers to avoid oranges and grapefruits in particular.

In addition to these food items, gastroenterologists advise patients not to eat anything within two hours of going to bed, as it is more difficult to process food while lying down. Also, eat several smaller meals rather than three large ones because the body is conditioned to digest smaller meals.

There are also some drinks that should be avoided to prevent heartburn. Try to eliminate the following:

Carbonated Drinks

Soft drinks and other carbonated beverages can cause the lining of the stomach to expand further than what is natural, resulting in additional pressure. These drinks also cause burps, which can introduce acid into the esophagus.

Caffeinated Drinks

Coffee, tea, and other drinks high in caffeine can contribute to heartburn symptoms, so it is ideal to avoid them as much as possible.

Alcohol

Food and Drink

Fifteen centuries is a long time and the average diet of men and women can change a lot. What then was typical food and drink consumed by our ancestors who lived in these islands around the 6th to 7th century and during the centuries following?

oCereals: Barley, wheat, rye and oats were grown and made into bread and beer. A popular use was pottage: a stew of cereals, pulses and vegetables. This was called briw in Old English.

oDrinks: Beer, which was made from malted barley, was the main beverage consumed. This was really a type of ale, meaning it did not contain hops (later centuries would classify beer as ale made with hops). Mead was also produced along with cider but more rarely. In Old English ale was called alu or ealu.Wine was very uncommon and only available to wealthy individuals. Milk was occasionally drunk but more often used for cheese and butter.

oPulses: Beans and peas were commonly used in briw.

oVegetables: Typically used again in briw, these included leeks, onions, garlic, cabbage, turnips, beets, parsnips, carrots. They did not include potatoes – a much later 16th century import.

oHerbs: Ginger, coriander, pepper and other herbs and spices were known, but were mainly used in medicines.

oFruit: Very commonly used in diet, although often dried or boiled and stored for later use; these included apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. Nuts such as hazelnuts were eaten.

oEggs: were an easily available food which also included ducks and goose eggs as well as hens.

oMeat and Fish: Pretty much all of an animal would be consumed. Red meat was rarer in the diet; pork and chicken being much more common. Game and fowl was eaten much more than today. Shellfish, such as oysters, were a standard part of the diet: much more than is the case in our day, where they are considered an exotic luxury item (although maybe not as much as 20 years ago). Eels and other fish were often eaten on fast days when meat was off the menu.

Read more: For those wishing to find out more about food eaten at this time period, I refer you to Anglo-Saxon Food by Ann Hagen (published by Anglo-Saxon books).

Favorite American Foods and Drinks

I have noticed such an improvement in my health by following an individualized diet, that I began to share health and cooking tips with others. “Eat Right for Your Type,” by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, has helped me achieve a natural health rhythm in my body by eating food that agrees with my blood type. Eating the wrong food can cause harmful chemical reactions and I wondered what foods were wrong for everyone regardless of blood type. Dr. D’Adamo ranked food items into three categories according to blood type compatible:

  1. Highly beneficial – a food that acts like a medicine
  2. Neutral – a food that acts like a food
  3. Avoid – a food that acts like a poison

Food ranked as highly beneficial should be the highlight of your diet. Food in the neutral category can be enjoyed as part of a nutritious diet and do not contain proteins that are harmful for your blood type. Food in the avoid category act like a poison causing harmful reactions with your body’s chemistry. Here is a list of common American foods and drinks everyone should avoid:

Pork, Bacon, Ham, and Goose

  • Pork, bacon, and ham are processed and contain nitrates which cause stomach cancer in people with low stomach acid. Type A’s typically have low stomach acid.
  • Most of today’s meats are shot up with fat, antibodies, and hormones.
  • It is important to consume only lean, chemical-free meat protein.

American Cheese

  • “American Cheese” refers to processed cheese slices and small and large blocks of orange, yellow, or white color. Taste and texture depend on the traditional cheese source and amount of additives.
  • Dairy products were not a staple of the human diet until much later in evolution and only Type B’s can fully enjoy a variety of dairy food.
  • Type O should completely eliminate dairy products and eggs from their diet.
  • Dairy increases mucus secretion in Type A’s and Type AB’s.

Corn, Cottonseed, Peanut, and Safflower Oils

  • Vegetable oils, corn oil and safflower oil, contain dangerous polyunsaturated fats. The food proteins in these oils cause problems in the digestive tract.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed (linseed oil) contain healthy mono-saturated fats that are good sources of nutrition and aid in digestion and elimination.
  • Olive oil and flaxseed oil are highly recommended for everyone, help reduce blood cholesterol and have positive affects on the heart and arteries.

Black Olives

  • Olives in their natural state require soaking and curing to remove bitter-tasting compounds.
  • Modern-day “processed” olives are cured with lye to remove the bitterness, then packed in salt and canned.
  • In traditional fermentation, olives are cured in oil, brine, water or salt. This variety contains healthy compounds and active cultures.

Coconuts

  • Coconuts are high in saturated fat and provide little nutritional value.
  • Type O’s are extremely sensitivity to coconut and coconut-containing products and should read food labels carefully in order to avoid them.

Black Pepper and White Pepper

  • Black pepper and white pepper cause stomach irritation in everyone.
  • History fact: In ancient times black pepper was used as a currency and offered as a gift to the gods.

Ketchup

  • Ketchup contains vinegar (acetic acid), which causes stomach lining irritation in every blood type.
  • Vinegar and tomatoes can’t be digested by Type A’s.
  • Tomatoes contain proteins lectins dangerous-B.

Distilled Liquor and Soda (Cola)

  • Some people may benefit from the positive cardiovascular effects of a daily glass of red wine, which lowers the risk of heart disease in women and men.
  • The high fructose corn syrup in sodas and colas leads to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
  • Pure, fresh water and green tea suit your digestive system and support your immune system.

This list of foods that everyone should avoid are common, American favorites. They are also highly marketed and widely available. Avoid these foods and follow an individualized diet plan. You will be able to reverse the progression of disease and improve your overall health. You will feel better and have more energy to do the things you enjoy. For me, I enjoy cooking delicious, healing meals. I am forever grateful to be healthy and able to teach others how to do the same.

Let Food and Drink Satisfy Your Financial Needs

As our world has become more interested in the foods and drinks they consume, it has opened up a new frontier in the affiliate marketing world.

We are undoubtedly now a nation of “foodies”, we love our food, we want more of it and we are definitely always on the lookout for new gourmet products. This of course has led to a host of new websites aimed directly at this market.

The savvy website owner has found a host of affiliate programs that are aimed directly at this market and is using them to make money. How much money you can make depends solely on how much traffic your site has. There are of course as many affiliate programs as there are types of food but picking the ones that are right for your website can be the difference between making money and making a profit.

For the gourmet food lover’s site there are many choices, but here are several of the top paying affiliate programs currently available:

The River Street Gourmet affiliate program offers a wide variety of gourmet foods and beverages delivered to the customer’s doorstep. As an affiliate you will receive a 7% commission on all sales with bonuses paid at every multiple of $500 in sales.

The Splendid Palate offers a selection of unique European gourmet foods to buyers, while paying affiliates a 5% commission on all sales. You will be paid each month once your sales have reached $50 for the month.

If lobster and other types of seafood is more the theme of your website, then consider the Fine Lobster affiliate program. Buyers can choose from a huge selection of guaranteed fresh seafood while you are paid a 10% commission on all sales monthly.

If your web site is dedicated to all things liquid then these next affiliate programs are for you, as they specialize in beverages and paying you well for space on your site:

The Tea garden offers a wide selection of the world’s finest teas, herbal teas and medicinal teas while paying you a commission of 12% monthly after you reach $50.

CoffeeAM calls itself the world’s largest online gourmet coffee and tea company and offers the affiliate a 12.5% commission on not only the first sale from their website, but for the lifetime of the customer.

For the wine lovers try MYWinesDirect, they offer a selection of wines, gift baskets and gift certificates and you earn an 8% commission for each sale.

These are just a small selection of some of the better food affiliate programs available, there are many more. When choosing an affiliate for your site pick them carefully, the more they are tailored to the content of your site the more you will earn.

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