Acid Reflux Diet

Acid reflux is a disorder that leads to regurgitation of food due to malfunction in the sphincter between the stomach and the esophagus. Some people call this heartburn, and sufferers of this disorder will tell you just how embarrassing it is to have this disease. Not only does heartburn feel like a heart attack, it also causes the person to panic and affect the people around him. The worst thing about this disorder is that it tends to happen during or after meals, especially when a person consumes something that acts as a trigger to acid reflux.

But many sufferers of acid reflux cope with the symptoms beautifully. In fact, many people with this disorder socialize like normal, and show no indication that they are suffering from acid reflux. What’s their secret? They watch what they eat. A good acid reflux diet plan can spell the difference between having to fear the incidence of acid reflux on a daily basis and relaxing with friends over snacks without worrying about your disorder. At the very least, a good diet can reduce your symptoms.

There are foodstuffs that will surely lead to acid reflux if not avoided. These include the ‘sin’ foods like chocolate, alcohol and carbonated beverages i.e. anything that has soda water. Peppermint and spearmint in whatever form can also trigger the onset of acid reflux. There are toothpastes that have been developed especially for people that don’t want mint in their toothpaste. Citrus fruits are great, but not for avoiding heartburn. Non-citrus fruits that provide the same amount of vitamin C are better for those with heartburn

Unfortunately, tomatoes and tomato-based dishes should be avoided. This, I think, is the hardest sacrifice especially if the person is used to eating pasta with tomato-based sauces. The same goes for coffee, which also indirectly affects the frequency of acid reflux symptoms. Without anyone telling you, you already know that spicy foods will almost always trigger heartburn. Some foods that could cause digestive tension, such as lactose, should also be avoided.

So, you may be thinking, what else is left for you to eat if everything seems to be prohibited? You can start with lean animal meats, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Fish is allowable as long as the fatty areas are removed. Two fruits that are great for heartburn patients are papaya and pineapple. These fruits can improve digestion and are rich in fiber. Follow your diet plan carefully to avoid aggravating your digestive system.