Ways to Combat Acid Reflux While on Chemotherapy

Ways to Combat Acid Reflux While on Chemotherapy
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Ways to Combat Acid Reflux While on Chemotherapy

Acid reflux can be a real problem – especially when you’re going through chemotherapy.  It is often one of the side effects of the chemotherapy drugs.  Here’s what you can do about it.

Be Proactive with your Diet

Eat a balanced diet that is rich in alkaline forming foods and low in acidic foods.  Foods can be either acid forming, balancing or alkaline forming.  Since our body’s normal PH is between 6.0 and 6.8 (we are mildly acidic), values above 6.8 are considered to be on the alkaline side and values below 6.3 are on the acidic side.  For a list of specific acid/alkaline foods, click here.

Too much acidity is definitely something you want to avoid right now – in fact too much acidity in the body can be one of the factors that lead to cancer and should always be avoided.  But especially right now, when you’re going through chemotherapy, the foods you want to focus on are the alkaline forming foods.

Alkaline Foods

Avocados, dates, fresh coconut, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, herbs, herb teas, honey, molasses, raisins, sea vegetables, seeds, soy products, whey, yogurt.  Low-level alkaline foods to be included in your diet are almonds, buckwheat, lima beans, quinoa and organic dairy products.

Neutral Foods

All vegetable oils, sprouts, most dried beans and sunflower seeds.

Acid Foods

This is the list to be avoided: alcohol, artichokes, asparagus tips, aspirin, beans, beef, beer, cakes, canned fruits, cheese, chicken, cocoa, coffee, doughnuts, eggs, fish, flour, flour products, ketchup, jams/jellies, legumes, macaroni, mayonnaise, meat, mustard, noodles, oatmeal, olives, pasta, pastries, peanuts, pepper, plums, poultry, prunes, sauerkraut, shellfish, soft drinks, spaghetti, sugar, tea, tobacco, vinegar, white rice.  Sounds like not much is left, doesn’t it?

Tips & Tricks

Here’s what you do – eat a diet that is about 70% alkaline forming foods and 30% acid forming foods.  You can have small quantities of the things you love then – maybe just have them around lunch time so that your body isn’t trying to digest them at night when you’re lying down (part of what causes acid reflux).

I know this is hard, but if you want to get well and start feeling better, the quality of the food you put into your body is ULTRA important.

One more thing – here’s something that helped me immensely.  Put a single drop of a therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil into a glass of water.  Sip on the water all day.  Peppermint oil is so calming and soothing to the digestive tract.  Just make sure you get a good quality oil, something without other chemicals added.  If you need a good source, please contact me.

One of my first posts, Do You Know the Benefits of Juicers for Cancer Patients?, was about the importance of juicing so read that and get yourself a juicer and start feeling better soon!  I truly hope this helps you on your road to wellness.

See also my article on Ultimate Diet & Nutrition While Undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiation.

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5 thoughts on “Ways to Combat Acid Reflux While on Chemotherapy

  1. My husband is taking oral chemotherapy is has acit reflux. The information on you site has been very helpful. Thank you so much!!☺

    1. Valerie,
      Sorry to hear that! It sounds like your body is responding fairly badly to the chemo drugs. You have every right to ask your oncologist to back off the administration of the drugs for a bit to let your body detox and recover. Be sure to chat with your doctor about this problem. In the meantime, some have found hemp seed balm to be helpful in cases of rash. There are also homeopathic remedies which can be extremely healing for rashes. Get yourself to a homeopath and see what they would recommend. Hope this helps.
      Warmest regards,

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