Let’s talk about the GERD Diet and the Foods That Help with Acid Reflux ( or also known as Heartburn).
Getting a case of acid reflux once in a while isn’t unusual, but some people suffer from burning discomfort, bloating and belching almost every time they eat. About 20% of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic acid reflux condition that’s diagnosed by a doctor.
Normally, the esophageal sphincter ( which is a muscular tube that lets food pass into the stomach and then cinches shut to block it from coming back up) protects the esophagus from stomach acid. However, if the sphincter relaxes, food can push upward through the loosened opening and cause acid reflux.
To start, lets mention the foods that may cause heartburn:
Foods commonly known to be heartburn triggers cause the esophageal sphincter to relax and delay the digestive process, letting food sit in the stomach longer, says Gupta. The worst culprits? Foods that are high in fat, salt or spice such as:
- Fried foods
- Fast foods
- Potato chips and other processed snacks
- Chili powder and pepper (white, black, cayenne)
- Fatty meats such as bacon and sausage
- And Cheese.
Moreover, Other foods that can cause the same problem include:
- • Tomato-based sauces
- Citrus fruits
- And Carbonated beverages.
Now the Good news is that there are plenty of things you can eat to help prevent acid reflux. So Stock your kitchen with foods from these three categories:
Fibrous foods make you feel full so you’re less likely to overeat, which may contribute to heartburn. So, load up on healthy fiber from these foods:
- Whole grains such as oatmeal, couscous and brown rice.
- Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets.
- Green vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and green beans.
Second, Alkaline foods.
Foods fall somewhere along the pH scale (an indicator of acid levels). Those that have a low pH are acidic and more likely to cause reflux. Those with higher pH are alkaline and can help offset strong stomach acid. Alkaline foods include:
- And Nuts.
The Last category is Watery foods.
Eating foods that contain a lot of water can dilute and weaken stomach acid. So, Choose foods such as:
- Broth-based soups
- And Herbal teas.
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