Acid Reflux Diets – It’s all about what to Avoid

People suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or more commonly known, Acid Reflux, should follow a GERD diet, which includes watching what you eat and following a few simple rules that may be helpful in reducing symptoms. A GERD diet can significantly improve conditions in which stomach acid backflows through the lower oesophagal sphincter into the oesophagus. The oesophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach. The inner layer of the oesophagal lining, which consists of numerous glands, is not able to withstand an acidic stomach pH.

Acid Reflux Diets - It's all about what to Avoid

A GERD diet is fairly easy to follow. Avoid foods such as citrus, tomato and coffee that directly irritate the mucosa. Other irritants that should be avoided in a GERD diet include onion, chocolate, peppermint and any food with high-fat content that affect the pressure in the stomach. Limit or cut the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that may irritate the oesophagus and stomach lining.

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Special GERD diet tips to follow require the following:

  • Avoid eating foods at bedtime
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Discontinue the use of tobacco products
  • Avoid tight clothing
  • East small frequent meals
  • Elevate head when sleeping
  • If overweight, losing weight can help

Here are a few alternative foods that to eat while on the GERD diet. Individuals with GERD should avoid whole milk and opt for fat-free or 1%-2% milk. As mentioned above tomatoes can be acidic so they should be avoided, all other vegetables are ok to eat. When choosing fruits, avoid citruses such as grapefruit, oranges and pineapples. Try to maintain a low-fat diet by staying away from fatty meats (bacon) and processed meats (cold cuts). In general avoid alcohol, coffee, tea and carbonated beverages. If you must have coffee or tea opt for decaffeinated coffee or herbal tea.

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In conjunction with following the GERD diet above, try Växa’s homoeopathic medicinal Buffer-pH+ that contains calcium, magnesium, and potassium recommended in the Prescription for Nutritional Healing for having an alkalizing effect by binding up stomach acid. Buffer-pH+ has numerous other benefits.

Also, try Växa’s Digestion, a homoeopathic medicinal that has ingredients (Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Papaya Leaf) suggested in the Prescription for Nutritional Healing for helping with proper digestion. In addition, ingredients such as Aloe Vera, which aids in the healing of the intestinal tract, and Chamomile to relieve oesophagal irritation are also included. Other ingredients include ginkgo Biloba, ginger root, digestive enzymes, etc. All the ingredients in both products are known to relieve symptoms of GERD and help with digestion.

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Acid Reflux Diets- It’s all about what to Avoid

 What To Avoid:

Why Avoid it:

Fried Food

Hard to Digest/Acidic

Whole Milk or milk-based cooking

Hard to digest

Vegetable Oil or Lard

Hard to Digest/Acidic

Chocolate or Sweets

Stimulant/Relaxes the flap
Acidic

Fast Food Restaurants

Hard to Digest/Acidic

Spicy Foods

Acidic

Citrus, Tomato or Acidic Foods

Acidic

High-Fat Content Foods

Hard to Digest/Acidic

Alcohol and Regular Coffee and carbonated drinks like soda

Stimulant/Relaxes the flap
Acidic

Things that cause gas-beans, broccoli

Causes Belching and damage to the flap

Smoking

Stimulant/Relaxes the flap
Acidic

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