I have been dining out at restaurants on an almost daily basis, for many years now. A good fortune I know I have, as opposed to those who cannot afford to do so, and stay home to save up some money. That said, I may have taken for granted my youth, thinking I will live forever. As I approach my later years, I’ve discovered some annoyances that occur, which I never would have predicted.
For one, this reoccurring experience:
I started to notice an unpleasant taste coming up the back of my throat. Hard to explain, but it was mildly sour, and I attributed to meat, or the bad breath you get first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But this was certainly unique. Having traced back what I did wrong, I noticed for the past several days, I had been feasting on copious amounts of pork and beer. Nothing really started to show yet… but during lunch one day, I was eating a sort of Huaxi/Guilin/Yunnan style rice noodle soup. In goes a tablespoon of vinegar. One bite… that was all it took. Felt like someone had punched me from the inside of my throat. The unpleasant taste lingered in my throat and mouth for the next 3-4 days.
The next time I noticed something similar, it came seemingly without any warning. This time in the form of a sort of sourness forming in my throat and around my mouth. As I had been eating relatively healthy, and could not have found anything that would have tripped up an alarm. Then I started to think… could this be… Acid Reflux? After reading over a list of high acidic foods thought to attribute to this, in my despair, I realized it includes virtually all the foods I like to eat. Including one unsuspecting culprit: coffee. I drink a lot of ‘third-wave’ coffee shop espresso and pour overs. As you know, they roast beans far lighter, giving it a more acidic quality, with variations depending on natural or washed beans. Having kept a record of my recovery, and the reappearance of the sour note in the back of my throat, I had to admit, it didn’t happen during weeks where I went without coffee, and came back almost on cue the weeks where I drank it several days in a row.
Another case of the above, where I was not expecting it, but should have realized. I was going through a phase where I was really into eating sushi several times a week. We’re talking, excessive amounts too, not just 10 pieces in a meal. Paired with a large helping of beer and sake, this became sort of a weekly standard of mine. However… I noticed the sour taste had come back. And it boggled my head, trying to figure out why. Because I had not really been drinking much coffee lately. Then it hit me… the rice contains vinegar, and quite often the more sour akasu. Then again, I wonder, could this also be due to ingesting just way too much seafood? I hope it’s not an issue of cholesterol from shellfish, or something in fish.
Having tried to balance my diet out with excessive salads and greens, antioxidants, juice cleanses, pH water, and whatnot, I found nothing really did much. The only preventative measure and way to reduce the effects I’ve ever found, were on trips to other countries, where I would spend most of my day (hours) walking from place to place. So constant walking and exercise somehow sustained me, allowing me to eat these lavish meals, alcohol and coffee, with seemingly no presence of the problem.
If any of you have some input, similar experiences, and discoveries on what you’ve done to combat similar health conditions, please tell, I would love to know. I would very much like to keep my habit of dining out at tasty restaurants, without worrying if I eat too much of this or that.