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Acid Reflux, Heartburn, and GERD Diet

Heartburn also known as acid reflux, is a common complaint, characterized most commonly by indigestion or chest pain or discomfort. If you suffer from symptoms frequently, you may have Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a more serious form of acid reflux, and should be evaluated by a physician. Certain foods may cause or aggravate your symptoms, and should be avoided. Following the below guidelines will help reduce or eliminate discomfort.


Reduces symptoms and discomfort associated with acid reflux, heartburn and GERD.

food recommendations:

Although the development of acid reflux, heartburn and GERD cannot be prevented, its symptoms and effects can be revered or controlled with a special diet. As with any special diet, there are certain foods to avoid, and there are others that work with the body to maintain a healthy, balance digestive system.

foods to avoid:

  • Acidic fruits and their juices: oranges, lemon, grapefruits, and cranberries
  • Fried and fatty foods: French fries and potato chips.
  • Tomato based foods: spaghetti sauce, pizza, salsa, and chili
  • Fatty meals: ground beef, chicken nuggets and hot dogs.
  • Garlic and onions
  • High fat dairy products: sour cream, whole milk
  • Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
  • Spicy foods, red & pepper, chili powder, hot sauces, and mustard
  • Mint flavorings
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated drinks
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Alcohol

safe foods:

  • Low acidity fruits: apples and bananas
  • Vegetables: broccoli, peas, green beans, carrots
  • Lean meats
  • Fat-free products

other recommendations:

  • Eat small, frequent meals to prevent stomach distention
  • Meal or snacks should be eaten 2-3 hours before lying down
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight
  • Elevate the head of your bed 4-6 inches
  • Quit smoking, smoking decreases the ability of the lower esophageal spincter muscle to work properly
  • Avoid tight clothing