If you suffer from acid reflux, you likely know what foods are safe to eat – and which ones can ruin your day. In addition to avoiding those triggers, there are other ways you can use your diet to take control of your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Try these tips to find additional relief from your reflux.
- Choose Healthy – Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, fish and skinless poultry are less likely to cause reflux and will fuel your body with the nutrients you need.
- Keep a Journal – Keep track of what you eat on days when your reflux symptoms are bad. Look for trends and try eliminating foods that may be causing issues.
- Avoid High-Fat Foods – Cut out or limit deep-fried dishes, thick soups, red meats and dairy products – these foods contain a high fat content and can worsen your reflux.
- Think Small – Eat 4-5 small meals instead of 2-3 large ones. Be mindful of your body and stop eating when you are no longer hungry – don’t wait until you feel full.
- Take It Slow – Set down your utensil between bites as a reminder to eat slowly, which relieves stress on your stomach and prevent symptoms from flaring up.
- Avoid Carbonation and Alcohol – Bubbly drinks can cause abdominal swelling and make GERD symptoms worse.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact the Fairfield Medical Heartburn Center or call us at 740-689-6486.