Ayurveda

Acid Reflux Diet

Acid reflux is a chronic condition which causes GERD and heartburn. The problem can be minimised with proper acid reflux diet. This diet avoid foods that causes acid reflux.

The condition is caused by too much of acids in stomach. When the valve called esophageal sphincter valve, located in the lower stomach becomes weak and opens upwards, it causes stomach acids to back flow into the esophagus. The problem can be prevented by foods which do not cause too much acidity.

There are two categories of foods. One which increases the acid production in stomach and other which relaxes the lower esophagus sphincter, thus preventing the condition of acid reflux.

Foods To Avoid With Acid Reflux:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Caffeinated beverages
  • Sodas
  • Chocolate and Peppermint
  • Spicy and fatty foods
  • Onions and garlic
  • Tea and coffee
  • Milk based products
  • Fast foods
  • Tomatoes and tomato-based foods like sausages
  • Alcohol and beer. Beer would double your stomach acid within an hour.

Foods To Eat With Acid Reflux:

  • Fruits- Apple, Apple juice and banana
  • Vegetables- Cabbage, Carrots, Broccoli, Baked potato, Peas, Green beans
  • Meat- feta or goat Cheese, fat-free Cream cheese, low-fat Soy cheese
  • Grains- white or mult grain, corn bread, Bran or oatmeal, Graham crackers, Pretzels, Pasta, Brown or white rice, rice cakes
  • Beverages- mineral water
  • Sweets- fat free cookies, red licorice, baked potato chips, jelly beans.

    Do not overeat. Try to eat frequent, small meals, instead of three big meals a day. Small amounts of food would require less acid secretion for digestion.
    Complex Carbohydrates should be included in each meal.
    Upright position should be maintained at least for 45 minutes after eating.
    Elevate the head of bed by 6 to 8 inches.

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