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Acid Reflux and Diet

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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.

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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
• Dry cough
• Sore throat
• Bloating
• Burping or hiccups
• Difficulty swallowing
• Lump in the throat

Here’s 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 isn’t 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.

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