There are some theories out there, on how wine assists in causing acid reflux. There are people who suffer from acid reflux after drinking wine and those who do not suffer from acid reflux. If you are a serious wine drinker, giving up wine may be out of the question but the suffering from drinking wine may be too great to go on. If you can keep a diary of foods that you eat along with the type and amount of wine you drink, you will be able to narrow down the true cause of their acid reflux.
Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acid refluxes into the esophagus through the lower esophagus sphincter (LES). The muscle located at the point is where the esophagus enters the stomach. There can be a number of reasons why this muscle may not be performing the right way and allowing acid to pass through it. The bottom line is that when it does have acid pass through it the irritation to the esophagus lining can be extremely painful. Also, permanent damage can occur over a period of time. To find out how wine assists acid reflux, start the diary with the foods you eat and the type and amount of wine drink every day. For example, on Tuesday night you drank a Pinot Gris white wine with a Salmon steak.
Keep a log of the days, and time of day during which acid reflux is suffered. Also keep track of what foods were eaten that day as well as the wine that was consumed. If different types of food are eaten every day with the same type of wine and the person suffers acid reflux every day, there is a good chance wine assists acid reflux and should, unfortunately be eliminated from your diet.
How to determine If Acid Reflux is caused by Food or Wine?
If your acid reflux diary shows days when wine was used but with no suffering, it is likely the problem was caused by a specific food or a combination of the wine and one or two food items. By checking the diary you can narrow down what food is causing the acid reflux and it can be eliminated from your diet. There is a possibility that you will not be able drink wine with that food item because it may be causing the acid reflux.
Some people believe that using apple cider vinegar for indigestion can reduce acid reflux. The argument is that when wine is introduced, the acid in the wine triggers the stomach to stop producing its own acid. This will than reduce the chance of acid reflux from occurring. But other people still believe that adding alcohol on top of stomach acid will make the situation worse.