Foods for acid reflux
Loose a Few Unwanted Pounds - Being overweight is a major contributor to heartburn and acid reflux. Overweight individuals are twice as likely to suffer from symptoms of Acid Reflux. Extra weight may increase pressure on the stomach, causing the LES muscle to relax, which allows stomach acid to flow into the esophagus. Body fat may release chemicals that interfere with normal digestion. Research shows losing even a small amount of weight can help relieve symptoms and control heartburn.
The Most Common Acid Reflux Symptoms are Heartburn, Regurgitation and Dyspepsia (general stomach discomfort). Other Symptons include: Chest Pain, Bitter Taste/Burning in Throat, Post Meal Pain, Bloating, Pain at Rest, Nausea, Cough, Sore Throat, Extra Salive and Hoarseness. Click Pin for Additional Information.
Acid Reflux Diet Recommendation. Avoid Fried Food - Fried food is the single most recognized cause of reflux (Fell the Fry!). It is also the food most often associated with heartburn, which is chest pain from esophageal reflux. Deep-fried (or even not-so-deep-fried) foods are on the "bad list" (Com'on Santa) because of their high fat content.
Yogurt is a great way to fight the pain. Plain yogurt, not the flavored types, heals acid reflux because it tightens the walls around the stomach area. If plain yogurt doesnt appeal to you, then add the yogurt with fresh fruit, place in the blender for a yogurt, juice smoothie. Once again the benefits of the fresh fruit and yogurt are too numerous to mention.
Watch out for Trigger Foods - Eating smaller meals is one of the most important steps you can take to prevent acid reflux, even more so than changing the foods you eat. Yet, since we are all different there are specific foods that can aggravate your reflux symptoms. The most common culprits are fried or fatty foods, spicy foods, onions, garlic, tomatoes and tomato sauce, coffee and tea (caffeine), chocolate, mint-flavored items, citrus juices and fruits, carbonated beverages, and alcohol.
pH Values for Food/Beverage Groups. Avoid the Acidic! If your reflux symptoms are severe you are advised to follow a strict acid-free diet, which can be describes as a “detox program for your digestive system”. This involves avoiding any foods with a pH below 5 such as most fruits, tomatoes, pickles, mustard, onion, beer and yogurt.
Fennel (pH 6.9) is a great food for acid reflux and actually seems to improve stomach function. This crunchy vegetable has a unique taste -- a mild licorice flavor. Sliced thin (the white bottom part), it makes a healthy salad with arugula and baby spinach. It’s also great in chicken dishes, and makes a fine snack if you love the taste.