taking your life back: why you shouldn't let acid reflux control what you eat

If you frequently suffer from acid reflux, chances are that there’s a lot you’re sacrificing in your life. Whether it’s a full 8 hours of restful sleep, a cup of coffee in the morning, or even the ability to workout, reflux has a way of taking over our lives and keeping us from enjoying the things we love. One of the biggest places where you’ll see the negative effects of reflux in your life? The dining room table.

More than 40% of Americans suffer from heartburn pain at least once a month, and 95% of these people can link their symptoms to a particular food (From Florida Hospital).  Food is one of the top triggers for heartburn, which means that if you suffer from acid reflux it’s very likely that food is the one area of your life that you’re sacrificing the most. Many of our favorite foods and drinks are actually notorious heartburn triggers, and the more negative episodes we experience the more we begin to shy away from the foods that we love.

At Tampa Bay Reflux Center, we believe that you shouldn’t have to live your life in fear of heartburn. You shouldn’t have to give up the things you love just to avoid pain. So what do you do when sitting down for your favorite meal begins to become a source of anxiety?

It’s important to remember that the equation doesn’t end with just heartburn and food. In many cases, frequent heartburn can be an indicator of a chronic condition like GERD, something that’s incredibly treatable. Gastroenterology has come a long way, and suffering from chronic reflux-related heartburn doesn’t automatically sentence you to a life without your favorite foods anymore.

There are several minimally invasive anti-reflux procedures available that allow patients to take back those areas of their life (like food) that they’ve been forced to sacrifice due to their reflux. We offer three at Tampa Bay Reflux Center:

·  Lap Nissen Fundoplication

·  Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

·  Linx System

If you’re thinking about ending your relationship with reflux, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d love to walk you through your treatment options and help you get your life back!

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