Must Have Food For GERD Diet (Diet That Help For Acid Reflux)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- Digestive disorder that occurs when stomach acid frequently flows into tube (esophagus) connecting your mouth and stomach.
- GERD is a mild acid reflux that occurs at least twice a week or moderate to severe acid reflux that occurs at least once a week.
- But, many of us might not know that even a small change in our diet could solve this troublesome problem.
- Change in diet plan and including some medications on your lifestyles will completely alleviate GERD.
Symptoms of GERD
Common sign and symptoms of GERD includes:
- A burning sensation on your chest (heartburn) usually at night time after eating.
- Sour or bitter taste at back of your mouth.
- Difficulty in swallowing.
- Chest pain.
- Chronic cough or asthma.
- Nausea, throat and laryngeal inflammation.
- collection of fluids in the sinuses and middle ear.
- Wearing away of your teeth.
Causes of GERD
Although there is not any single causes of GERD; some of the causes are:
- When lower esophageal sphincter (LES) barrier is compromised. This rises stomach acid up to your neck.
- Low stomach acid in your stomach might allows bacteria to grow and eventually increases reflux.
- More intake of spicy, high fat, salty and gut-unfavorable or unhealthy foods.
- Weakening of lower esophageal sphincter by many other factors such as:
- Overweight, obese and Pregnancy.
- Medicines of asthma and high blood pressures.
- antihistamines—medicines that treat allergy symptoms
- sedatives—medicines that help put you to sleep and many more.
Foods to include in your diet for alleviating GERD or Acid reflux
To get you started; here are some food recommended as best one to help you with your acid reflux:
- Raw or cooked vegetables both are generally good for acid reflux diet.
- Naturally low in fat and sugar. Thus, reduces stomach acid.
- Recommended species include: green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens and cucumber.
- But, avoid those high in fat as well as other irritants such as tomatoes and onions.
- Natural remedies for variety of stomach ailments.
- Have anti-inflammatory properties and is natural treatment for heartburn too.
- Alkaline in nature and eases irritation in digestive tract.
- Try to drink ginger tea before or after meals to get rid of reflux.
- Study conducted in 2011 proved that participants who took ginger supplements have reduced level of inflammation and stomach irritation within 1 month (https://westonoutpatient.com/news/the-power-of-gingertorelieveheartburn).
- Typically advised for acid reflux diet (low-acid fruits).
- Reduce reflux by coating esophageal lining and thereby combating discomfort.
- High fiber content of banana- strengthen your digestive system.
- High potassium content also helps to fight against acid reflux.
- At-least 2 bananas recommended daily.
4. Chamomile Tea
- Calm upset stomach and other digestive issues.
- Chamomile tea could be better substitute for caffeinated teas and coffees.
- Other problems like stress also increases GERD.
- This plants reduce stress and treat depression. It further alleviates reflux by this way.
- 2006 study review suggested that chamomile tea lowered gastric acidity and commercial antacid (https://www.healthline.com/health/digestive-health/chamomile-tea-acid-reflux#research).
- Recommended to drink a cup of chamomile tea 30 minutes to an hour before bedtime.
- Breakfast favorite grain with excellent source of fiber.
- Fiber-linked with lower risk of acid reflux.
- Good source of healthy complex carbs.
- As you could not over eat they might contribute to lowering of heartburn.
- Improve intestinal health and reduces constipation.
- Research have concluded that consumption of oat meals lowers GERD by 42% (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-that-cause-heartburn#TOC_TITLE_HDR_13).
- Watermelons, Honey dew and cantaloupe are proved to be helpful for acid reflux.
- But be careful with the intake. Don’t over eat as it may trigger problems.
- Highly alkaline so better for acid reflux.
- Good source of magnesium i.e. used in medicine of GERD.
- Mildly acidic – pH of 6.1.
- 44% of patients are found to have lower risk of GERD when they uptake melons i.e. 177 gm (https://www.healthcentral.com/; https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/honeydew).
Foods to avoid if you have GERD problems
- Citrus fruit including orange.
- Fried food.
- Fast Food.
- Cheese products.
- Chilly powder and pepper
- Carbonated beverages
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