Acid reflux occurs when there is acid backflow from the stomach into the esophagus. This happens commonly but can cause complications or troublesome symptoms, such as heartburn. The foods we eat effect the amount of acid our stomachs produce. Eating the right kinds of food is key to controlling acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a severe, chronic form of acid reflux.
Here are some common symptoms of acid reflux:
Burning sensation in your stomach or chest after eating a meal
Vomiting or regurgitation as acid moves into the esophagus
Burping or hiccups
Lump in the throat
Heres some foods that you can add to your diet to manage symptoms of acid reflux:
Vegetables green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, potatoes, cucumbers
Ginger you can add grated or sliced ginger root to recipes
Oatmeal absorbs acid in the stomach and reduces symptoms of reflux
Non-citrus fruits melons, bananas, apples, pears
Lean meats chicken, turkey, fish and seafood; low-fat grilled, broiled, baked or poached
Egg whites stay away from egg yolks which are high in fat
Healthy fats avocados, walnuts, flaxseed, olive oil, sesame oil and sunflower oil
In addition to controlling reflux symptoms with diet and nutrition, you can manage symptoms with various lifestyle changes, such as taking antacids and other medications, chewing gum that isnt peppermint or spearmint flavored, avoiding alcohol, not overeating, remaining upright for at least two hours after eating and not eating three to four hours before going to bed.