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Foods that heal barrett's esophagus

Updated April 17, 2017

Barrett's Esophagus is a condition characterised by metaplasia in the cells of the lower oesophagus. The condition is generally considered a result of consistent exposure to acid. A balanced diet heavy in fruits and vegetables and mostly devoid of fatty foods and harmful beverages can prevent the development of Barrett's Esophagus--and help combat it once it has already developed.

Variety

One of the best things you can do for Barrett's Esophagus is to maintain a balanced diet--and that typically means eating a wide variety of good foods. Concentrate in particular on vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Take a walk through the grocery store and consider these types of foods--but pick ones that you've rarely if ever eaten. This will ensure that you are adding possibly much-needed variety to your diet. When is the last time you tried Bok Choy, kale, mesclun, watercress, acorn squash, lentils, or okra--all good vegetables? How about prunes, papayas, honeydew melons, kiwis or avocados?

Water

One "food" that most people simply don't get enough of is water. Not only will it help Barrett's Esophagus, it will increase your overall health. Drinking lots of water--at least eight cups a day--helps the body rid itself of toxins and other waste products. The human body is, after all, made up of 75 per cent water.

Sugar, Salt, Refined Grain

Avoid sugary foods, from junk food to soda drinks. Foods that are high in salt should also be avoided. Greatly limit your intake of refined grains, too. Foods that contain refined grains include white rice, white flour and white bread. Instead, try using whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, brown rice, whole cornmeal or cracked wheat.

Other Foods to Avoid

Do not drink alcohol. Do not use tobacco. Avoid oils, chocolate, creamy foods (including creamy soups), fast foods, whole milk, fatty or fried foods, and citrus juices and fruits (including oranges, pineapples, tomatoes, and grapefruit). Avoid caffeinated beverages. Spicy foods should likewise be avoided.

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William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.