Acid Reflux diet

Heartburn goes by many names. It’s commonly called reflux, which is short for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Heartburn occurs when acid (and sometimes food) from the stomach escapes and goes up the esophagus. This can give us an unpleasant feelings in our upper abdomen and chest.

People at higher risk include pregnant women, infants, people who are overweight and those over 65.

Some foods that the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) recommends avoiding include tomato, onion, citrus, alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, carbonated beverages, fatty foods, spicy foods and peppermint.

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Foods that are restricted include:
Tomato, onion and citrus.
Alcohol.
Chocolate.
Coffee, tea and cola – regardless of caffeine.
Very rich foods.
Animal fats and butter.
Peppers and spicy foods.
Peppermint.

Foods that are maybe OK in some instances include:
Certain juices.
Certain fats, oils and dairy butters.
Fried foods.
Fatty meats.
Carbonated drinks.
Vinegar.
Artificial sweeteners.

Tips to help your heartburn include:
Don’t lie down within 3 hours of eating – especially avoid big meals before bedtime.
Eat smaller meals so food can fully empty from the stomach.
Don’t wear clothes that squeeze the abdomen. Other suggestions that may help include eating smaller meals, avoid lying down shortly after eating and avoiding clothes that constrict the abdomen.

Experiment to learn what foods trigger your heartburn. One of the best ways to do this is by elimination and re-introduction diets. You can use Selectivor to track how you feel while you eliminate certain foods for a short time and then re-introduce them. This may help you discover which foods help you feel your best.

Note: Consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

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