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Book Review: Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Acid Reflux

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Updated February 26, 2012


You've just enjoyed a big meal and are relaxing when it happens. A burning sensation begins to build in your upper abdomen, and makes your chest feel like it's on fire. The burning and chest pain may even travel from your diaphragm all the way to your throat, and may be accompanied with a sour taste and the sensation of food re-entering your mouth. You're suffering from severe heartburn.

For many people, some of the foods they eat cause them heartburn. There are certain foods that cause heartburn because those foods either make the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) relax when it shouldn't, or can cause an increase in the production of stomach acid. Some of these people like to keep a food or heartburn diary to track which foods cause their heartburn. What more can you learn about food and your heartburn? This book shows you why some foods cause heartburn, and how you can modify your diet to help you eat heartburn-free.


  • Clear explanations that make the content easily understood
  • Shows the readers how what they eat, how much they eat, and when they eat increases or decreases the odds of whether they suffer from heartburn or not.
  • Separate chapters dealing with specific heartburn-related issues: Eating during the holidays, eating at restaurants, and recipes.
  • List of what foods are more likely to cause heartburn.
  • What lifestyle changes will help reduce the risk of suffering from heartburn.
  • The book describes how to handle heartburn symptoms, and how to prevent those symptoms


Some of the recipes have to be tweaked by the preparer as they contain ingredients such as lemon, pineapple, tomato, onions, garlic, which are heartburn triggers some many people.

Book Details

  • Title: Tell Me What to Eat If I have Acid Reflux (Nutrition You Can Live With)
  • Author: Elaine Magee
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Page Books; Revised edition (October 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601630190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601630193

Chapters in the book:

  • Chapter 1: Everything You Ever Wanted t Ask Your Doctor About Acid Reflux
  • Chapter 2: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Food and Acid Reflux
  • Chapter 3: The 10 Food Steps to Freedom
  • Chapter 4: Waiting to Lose Weight
  • Chapter 5: How to Have a Heartburn-Free Holiday
  • Chapter 6: Recipes You Can't Live Without
  • Chapter 7: Restaurant Rules
There is also a 6-page index.

Guide Review: Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Acid Reflux

Other Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Acid Reflux starts with a detailed explanation of what acid reflux is, but in layman terms that are easily understood. Elaine Magee explains how and why acid reflux happens.

The first chapter, Everything You Ever Wanted t Ask Your Doctor About Acid Reflux, contains many questions about acid reflux. A lot of lot of these questions would be useful for someone going to their doctor when they first suspect they are suffering from acid reflux. This chapter contains medical facts about heartburn, but again, written in a language easily understood by non-medical types.

The chapter, The 10 Foods Steps to Freedom, gives dietary recommendations. The information describes what we eat, how much we eat, and when we eat affects our chances of experiencing heartburn.

Examples of other information that is helpful are contained in the chapters about holiday eating and eating in restaurants. And then, of course, there are the recipes.

There are many "F.Y.I." boxes throughout the book. These boxes contains good information and many good tips.

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