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Acid Reflux: What Foods to Eat or Avoid

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Acid reflux is one of the most common diseases worldwide and is known to significantly impair lifestyle and cause serious long-term complications if not managed properly.

This condition can be controlled at home easily. It is important to know which food plays an essential part to manage it effectively and what food triggers the acid reflux symptoms.

Avoid 4 Foods for Acid Reflux:

The foods that should be avoided while you are experiencing stomach acidity include;

1.   High-Fat Foods🌯

The following foods have a very high-fat content. Avoid these completely or limit them from your diet.

  • French fries
  • Burgers
  • Full-fat dairy products such as whole milk butter and cheese
  • pork or lamb
  • desserts or snacks such as ice cream and potato chips
  • creamy sauces and gravies
  • oily and greasy foods

It is recommended to consult a gastroenterologist if you have been suffering from acid reflux symptoms.

2.   Caffeinated beverages🍷

Caffeine is a known trigger of acid reflux. It acts as a natural stimulant that helps stimulates your stomach to secrete more acid which can regurgitate into your esophagus and lead to heartburn.

A study was done on 16 patients to observe the effects of removing caffeine from

their coffee is known as decaffeination and its effects on the symptoms of acid reflux disease. The study concluded that regular coffee led to significant acid reflux and decaffeination of coffee significantly decreased acid reflux.

Hence it is best to avoid your morning cup of coffee and find other alternatives such as tea or decaffeinated coffee if you are constantly suffering from acid reflux symptoms.

Remember! There are plenty of alternative drinks with less caffeine which absolutely tastes better with tons of health benefits!

3.   Chocolates: 🍫

Chocolate mainly contains caffeine, theobromine, and methylxanthine, which can cause severe stomach acidity.

In one reported research, the quantities of cocoa powder are considered to be highly acidic which may contribute to worsening the acid reflux symptoms.

According to one study, the cocoa powder in chocolate is highly acidic and can cause a slight increase in your symptoms. Cocoa can cause intestinal cells that relax the esophageal sphincter to release a surge of serotonin. When this muscle relaxes, stomach contents may rise. This causes a burning sensation in the esophagus.

4.   Citrus Fruits🍊

No doubt, fruits are a part of a balanced diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle but there is a variety of fruits that may contribute to the symptoms of stomach acidity.

The major fruits that can cause acid reflux includes;

  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Pineapples

You must consume them in moderation to get rid of acid reflux.

Avoiding these foods is recommended. If the symptoms of stomach acidity continue after avoiding these fruits for a while, you should seek the advice of an experienced gastroenterologist.

Foods to Eat for Acid Reflux:

Including foods that prevent heartburn in your diet can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. These foods include;

1.   Ginger🥚

Ginger is one of the best digestive aids because of its medicinal properties, alkaline nature, and anti-inflammatory traits which help reduce digestive tract irritation.

For effective results, drinking ginger water is recommended.

2.    Oatmeal🥗

Many individuals who experience acid reflux find that their sensations of acidity start immediately after breakfast. Usually, this occurs as a result of our breakfast choices. Foods that are fatty and sweet first thing in the morning, such as bacon, sausages, and doughnuts, aggravate acid reflux.

Oatmeal is a healthier option for many people, according to research, who claim that when they switch to oatmeal for breakfast, their acid reflux symptoms improve. Additionally, it has a lot of fiber, which is healthy for your intestines.

3.   Yogurt🍚

Yogurt provides probiotics that support your digestive tract, normalize bowel function, soothe stomach discomfort, and often provide a cooling sensation.

Some tips to help reduce acid reflux symptoms by consuming yogurt:

  • Eat a cup of yogurt at least twice a day
  • Do not add sugar or other sweeteners to it.
  • Try to eat yogurt on an empty stomach.

4.   Fruits and Vegetables🥦

There are some fruits and vegetables that are very beneficial for patients with acid reflux symptoms. Fruits like watermelon are considered to be a good option as it is a low-acid fruit that does not trigger the symptoms of acid reflux. Other fruits including bananas, melons, apples, and pears are effective for people with stomach acidity.

In the case of vegetables, you should add these vegetables to your diet including;

  • Raw or cooked vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Carrots

In case of complications, consult a top stomach specialist for an accurate diet plan.

Bottom line:

The right diet plan can alleviate acid reflux symptoms which leads to a healthy lifestyle. Limiting some amount of food and adding healthier alternatives are key to treating stomach acidity even at home. These dietary changes not only help heartburn but also other complications associated with digestive health.

FAQs:

1.   Is Milk good for acid reflux?

The amount of fat in milk may increase the chances of acid reflux. Fat-free milk may help provide relief of stomach acidity symptoms which acts as a temporary buffer between stomach walls and acidity.

2.   Does acid reflux go away?

If you’re an adult with GERD, it won’t go away on its own, but there are treatments that can help you manage it, including Over-the-counter medications, such as antacids. Prescription drugs, such as proton pump inhibitors. Surgery, including a laparoscopic procedure called the LINX procedure.

 

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