I have personally suffered from acid reflux in the past and tried everything to get rid of it. I tried medication, apple cider vinegar and even tried herbal supplements but nothing helped me. I kept searching for different things and then realized that if I changed the way I eat and change my lifestyle I could get rid of it forever. Today I am living proof that it can be done and I have now reduced it to almost nothing.
I want to share this with you because I know how annoying and painful it can be. What I am going to do is give you some tips on how you can do the same and I will give you 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, that’s why each person should customize their diet to eliminate any trigger foods and get 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.
Drinking alcohol is a common cause of acid reflux, even if you don’t drink a lot. Any form of alcohol should be avoided completely if possible, but if you must have a cocktail, beer 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 also trigger an attack of acid reflux, or make your condition worse.
I found that if I eat small meals several times a day instead of larger meals it helps minimize the heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. 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.
Some other foods to avoid include 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. Try drinking green tea that is low caffeine or even herbal teas. Low fat dairy options are also a better choices, because high fat dairy foods can also cause acid reflux.
As you can see from the photo above, I love blueberries. Some people have problems with blueberries because they can be high in acid but I don’t have any problems with them so I add them into my recipes. The best way to tell is to just try a few and see if it aggravates your reflux, if you have any symptoms after eating them then you will know to eliminate them. You can substitute them with other berries.
When the proper acid reflux diet is followed the results can be very effective. If you take medication right now for your acid reflux you will discover that 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.