If You Have Acid Reflux, Start this Diet to Eliminate Pain and Discomfort

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Do you ever feel heartburn? Regular heartburn can be a sign of acid reflux. Acid reflux is a medical condition which is linked to a muscle in your stomach not working as it normally does, and allowing acid from your stomach to creep into your oesophagus. As it does so, the acidity can cause you to feel heartburn, or an unpleasant, acidic taste in your throat. This can be caused by unhealthy eating habits, such as snacking before you sleep, or lying down after eating. It can also reflect having too many unhealthy things in your diet, for example drinking too much coffee on an empty stomach. Fixing your approach to food can help you reduce and perhaps eliminate the pain and discomfort of acid reflux. Diet has a large part to play in this.

Diet is an Easy Step to Fighting Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is all about what’s happening inside your stomach – so an obvious area to start is with what you are putting into your stomach in the first place! The first thing you need to  do is to try to identify what foods or drinks are linked to your acid reflux. The easiest way is to notice when you have acid reflux symptoms and then note what you have recently consumed. It doesn’t take long for the effects of what you eat or drink to show up in your stomach, so this should be easy to do. Then, reduce or cut out those items from your diet until, hopefully, you no longer suffer from acid reflux.

Cut the Known Baddies Out of Your Diet

Whether or not you know exactly what is causing your acid reflux, it’s a good idea to reduce or eliminate from your diet some foods and drinks which are generally associated with the condition. For example, foods which are high in natural acids such as tomatoes should be targeted. You can find a list of high acid foods, but you probably already know most of them. When you eat high acid foods, your face may contort slightly or you may feel the tartness and acidity on your tongue, especially when raw. Think about lemons, oranges and other citric foods – they are all examples. A lot of delectable including wine, chocolate and coffee are also contributing factors. Spicy foods including garlic and raw onion are also out. You should also cut caffeinated drinks, whether coffee, tea or carbonated sodas.

Have More Foods which Help

An effective acid reflux diet isn’t just about what you take out of your diet – it is also about what you add in! Some foods are known to help alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux. As you might expect, moving to foods which are lower in natural acids will be a good tool to help reduce the level of acid reflux. Naturally lower acidity foods include melons and bananas, oatmeal, wholegrain bread, fish, green leaf vegetables, root vegetables except onions, rice and more. In fact there is a host of foods which are lower in natural acids – consult a full list and find the ones which you most want to incorporate into your diet. Remember that this is not a list of foods which are healthy overall, just foods that are low acid. So, for example, you may want to increase rice consumption to reduce acid reflux, but not want to increase it because you are trying to manage to keep your carb levels down. So, you’ll need to balance the low acid choices with other diet regimes you may already be following. As always when it comes to health, there are general principles but every body is unique in terms of its specific needs.  

Focus on Portion Size and Timing

A diet to fight acid reflux is not just about what you eat, but also how you eat it. Over large meals are harder for your stomach to digest properly and so can lead to acid reflux. Similarly, eating at odd times when you don’t have time to digest the food – such as when you are about to sleep – means it will sit in your stomach and is a leading cause of acid reflux. You should have a diet with portions appropriate to your body, eaten when you will have enough time afterwards to digest it properly. Acid reflux is painful, but fortunately it is relatively easy to solve. Be aware of what you eat, as well as how much and when. Then adjust your diet accordingly so that it is less likely to cause the acidic buildup in the first place. Why not list your current diet today and see what you could change based on what you learned above?