I have personally suffered from acid reflux in the past and will give you some tips and the diet I follow. When you follow a proper diet it can be very helpful in controlling acid reflux and heartburn. There is no single diet that will work for everyone who has these conditions, instead each person will need to customize their diet to eliminate any trigger foods to get the desired relief.
The foods that can trigger acid reflux and heartburn vary from one person to the next, but there are some foods that have been shown to provoke these conditions or cause them to worsen.
Alcohol is a common cause of acid reflux, even when it is not used frequently. Any form of alcohol should be avoided completely if possible, or at least minimized if you must have a cocktail or a glass of wine make sure it is only one.
Alcohol relaxes the lower sphincter in the esophagus and allows stomach acid to come back up into the throat. This can cause excessive stomach acid production, which can be very uncomfortable at times. Especially when you are trying to sleep.
For many people an acid reflux diet can make a big difference in the frequency and severity of the symptoms that you experience. When you successfully pinpoint your specific trigger foods and modify your diet to eliminate these problem foods then the results can be amazing. Foods that are high in fat, greasy fried foods, or spicy foods can trigger an attack of acid reflux, or make your condition worse.
Small meals several times a day instead of a few larger meals can also help minimize the heartburn and acid reflux symptoms that you experience. Larger meals may cause your stomach to become too full, and this can push stomach acid up into your esophagus and make your symptoms worse instead of better.
Avoid citrus and tomato based foods and drinks because these can be highly acidic and cause problems. Also caffeine can be a big problem for high acidity. Low fat dairy options are also a better choices, because high fat foods can also cause acid reflux.
When the proper acid reflux diet is followed the results can be very effective. When you modify your diet it may be possible for you to stop taking medications or over the counter products intended to treat heartburn. It will take some effort to identify your trigger foods, but once these foods have been identified it is possible to eliminate these symptoms completely by changing your diet.