acid reflux what to eat

June 21, 2011

Acid Reflux: What to Eat

Those suffering from acid reflux know that it can be a very painful condition. It is important to remember that it is possible to minimize some of the negative symptoms of this condition. Certain foods can aggravate acid reflux, increasing the pain and heartburn-like feeling of this disease. A brief summary of dietary suggestions to improve acid reflux symptoms is included below.

Eat More Frequently

Most doctors suggest that patients suffering from acid reflux avoid eating in the traditional style of three large meals a day. Instead, those with acid reflux should consume many small meals throughout the day, allowing the stomach time to digest these meals completely before eating again. Patients should also ensure that the final evening meal is consumed two to three hours before bed. Eating smaller meals reduces the amount of acid that builds up in the stomach at one time. This decreases the likelihood that the acid will back-up the esophagus, resulting in pain. Further, consuming an evening meal well before bed allows for complete digestion before sleeping, a time when many people claim that acid reflux pains are at their worst.

What to Avoid

There are foods in each food group that can cause acid reflux symptoms. Conversely, some foods actually serve to reduce gastrointestinal pressure, improving the condition. Some foods that should always be avoided include those that are high in fat or contain caffeine, chocolate, mint, or alcohol, as these ingredients may contribute to heartburn and other problems.

Grains and Produce

When choosing grains, whole grains prepared without additional fats are the best option. Multi-grain, or whole grain corn, oat, and wheat products are all good foods for those with acid reflux. Refined grain products, such as white bread or white rice, are not good choices. Most fresh vegetables are safe to eat for those with acid reflux. However, acidic vegetables, such as tomatoes, should be avoided. Additionally, deep-frying is not a safe method of preparation. Steamed or sauteed cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower, are all great choices. Carrots, celery, green beans, and peas are other great choices to minimize acid production. With fruits, it is again advisable to avoid those that are high in acid, such as citrus fruits and pineapple. Bananas, apples, and fresh berries are some of the best fruits to eat.

Dairy and Meat

People with acid reflux should avoid high-fat dairy products. Instead, skim milk and skim milk products are a better choice. The same is true for meat. High fat meats, such as ground beef or bacon, should be avoided. Healthier choices include fish, turkey, and skinless chicken.

While it can be difficult to live with a condition such as acid reflux, there are a number of lifestyle changes that help reduce the painful symptoms of such a disorder. Simple dietary changes, such as those listed above, can go a long way to improve quality of life. For other natural solutions to mend acid reflex symptoms, be sure to download the Reflux Remedy Report at today!

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