Bitter taste in mouth ..worse drinking water. Started after having stomach gas, bloating, and burning sensation. Given Zantac, this hasn’t helped. In fact makes it worse. Have had for appox.6 wk. complete blood work up was negative. Next recommendation is gastroscopy, and colonoscopy which I don’t want to have…but am very concern as to what is causing the bitter taste. Dr. Thinks acid reflux… thank you
Bitter, Sour Taste in Mouth
Bitter taste or oily taste in mouth is a clear indication of gastro esophageal reflux disease. If you are not keen on getting yourself further investigated, here are a few tips that you should follow, which will help reduce the problem (if structural changes have taken place surgical correction will be inevitable).
- Reduce the intake of fatty, oily and spicy foods. These tend to over stimulate the stomach and increase the secretion of acids.
- Eat small quantities of food at short intervals. Avoid over eating, which increases the possibility of reflux. Avoid drinking water during and after the meals for about half an hour.
- Ensure that you remain upright for at least half an hour after the meal. Don’t lie down immediately.
- Drink milk and consume milk products. These are alkaline and can help neutralize the effects of gastric acid.
- Don’t go hungry for more than three hours. Ensure that you consume food at regular intervals during the day.
- Ensure that you have dinner at least two hours prior to going to bed. This will reduce the incidence of reflux.
- Stop smoking. Reduce the consumption of Alcohol. Avoid meat and other non vegetarian diet completely.