People diagnosed with certain diseases often are given a list of foods to avoid. And this is true with the case of a person having acid reflux. Acid reflux or the GERD is a condition wherein stomach acids go back to the esophagus because of the improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter. If this condition is not treated, it will only get worse which can cause serious complications.

You can effectively tell if you have acid reflux if you experience symptoms like sour taste, burning sensation in the chest or upper abdomen and your throat’s back, excessive belching, breathing difficulties, tightness of the throat, difficulty in swallowing food, and bad breath. If you frequently experience these symptoms, then you probably have acid reflux. Visit your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis, so that you will know the severity of your condition.

Foods to Avoid Acid Reflux

There are certain beverages and foods which cause acid reflux, and this includes the following:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Spearmint and peppermint
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Fruit juices
  • Fatty foods and fried foods
  • Onions
  • Citrus fruits
  • Spicy foods
  • Products which are tomato-based
  • Caffeinated drinks

A change in your diet is the most effective way to deal with acid reflux. Although at first you may feel deprived of these foods, think of what will happen if you continue to eat or drink these beverages and foods.

Lifestyle Tips for Acid Reflux

A lifestyle change may seem rather difficult. Your doctor can greatly help you in your transition.

•  Avoid going to bed with a full stomach

Eat meals at least 2 to 3 hours before lying down. This will give food time to digest and get out of your stomach.

•  Don’t Overeat

Practice to eat in smaller portions but frequently.

•  Eat Slowly

Chew your food thoroughly. As you chew your food and with the help of saliva you are breaking down the food into smaller bits so that its easier to digest.

•  Stop Smoking

As it can be also beneficial for your lung health. It can also protect your lower esophageal sphincter with nicotine which cigarettes have.

•  Avoid Alcohol

If you wanted to release the stress you have throughout the day, you may find some better and healthier alternatives like yoga, meditation, exercising and also trying to bond with family members.