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.

benefits:

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