A Diet for Your Reflux

A Diet for Your Reflux

A friend recently emailed me, asking for recommendations for healthy foods and options for reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). I thought I’d send the information out to everyone in the newsletter list, as this seems to be a pretty common predicament.

* Your esophagus carries food from your mouth to your stomach. If the muscle at the end of your esophagus isn’t closing properly, stomach contents are allowed to leak back into the esophagus which causes irritation. For some people, this irritation is merely an occasional burning heartburn but for others it can mean something much more serious. If you experience heartburn indigestion symptoms more than a couple of times per week, be sure to check in with your physician. Below are some ideas to help your diet.
* Limit caffeine and alcohol
* Avoid spicy, fatty, or acidic foods that trigger heartburn
* Learn what foods trigger your symptoms and avoid those triggers
* Eat smaller, more frequent, lowfat meals
* Avoid fast food that is high in fat and simple in carbohydrates (and overportioned)
* Do not eat within an hour of bedtime
* Be sure that you are of a healthy weight and lose weight if you are overweight
* Wear loose-fitting clothes
* Eat slowly, chewing each bite very well
* For acute GERD, consider supplementing vitamins A & C
* Drink plenty of fluids
* Eat More: Yogurt, Raw Fruits & Vegetables
* Eat Less: Citrus Fruits & Juices, Ketchup & Tomato Products, Mustard & Vinegar, Pepper & Spicy Foods, Greasy & Fried Foods