Foods To Avoid With Acid Reflux

Author: Shannon Miller

Are you or a loved one struggling with Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux can be an irritating and painful health problem. There are many different causes of acid reflux, so be sure to consult with your primary care physician for treatment options, however some of the tips below can help you to further manage your acid reflux.

What is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach acids rise up into the esophagus because the valve that separates the stomach from the esophagus is faulty.  Acid reflux and heartburn are often used interchangeably, while acid reflux is the actual movement of the acid and heartburn is the description of the burning sensation acid reflux can cause. Occasional heartburn is usually nothing to be worried about but if it seems to be happening more than once a week, it could be more serious and you should consult your primary care physician. If left untreated, acid reflux can develop into GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease or Barrett’s Esophagus, which can develop into cancer.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

  • Heartburn: a burning pain or discomfort that can move up from your stomach, chest, and throat.
  • Regurgitation: the sensation of acid backing up into your throat, a sour or bitter taste in your mouth, or even vomit contents into your mouth.
  • Burping
  • Sore Throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Nausea After Eating
  • Bloating
  • Coughing
  • Upper Abdomen Discomfort

Foods That Cause Acid Reflux

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Chocolate
  • Caffeinated Drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Spicy Foods
  • Fatty Foods
  • Fried Foods
  • Garlic and Onions
  • Peppermint
  • Tomatoes

Foods That Can Help Improve Acid Reflux Symptoms

  • Oatmeal
  • Ginger
  • Aloe Vera
  • Bananas (although about 1% of acid reflux patients find it is worsened by bananas)
  • Melons (Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew)
  • Fennel
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Roots and Greens (Cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, green beans)
  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Couscous and Rice

Other Things You Can Do To Help Your Acid Reflux

  • Avoid eating heavy meals
  • Eat small meals throughout the day
  • Eat slowly
  • Try to avoid eating the hour or two before you go to bed for the night
  • Sleep with your head elevated if it symptoms worsen at night
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • Shed some pounds (If you are overweight, this could help tremendously)
  • Wear loose fitting clothes
  • Drink more water

In most cases, acid reflux can be treated with diet changes and over-the-counter antacid medications. In more severe cases, your doctor may prescribe you a prescription strength anti-acid.

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