GERD Heartburn Prevention – 5 Dietary Things To Avoid

Today I would like to share a few facts with you about a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD for short GERD occurs when the contents of the stomach pass through the lower esophageal sphincter and back into esophagus

This causes a painful burning sensation that feels like it’s situated behind the breastbone as it moves up to the throat For this reason, GERD is more commonly known as acid reflux or heartburn Most people only experience GERD occasionally, but as many as 15 million Americans suffer from it on a daily basis While there are several factors that play into the development of GERD, there is currently no known cure for the condition That said, much of the illness can be managed through lifestyle and dietary practices

Why go for drastic treatment methods if all that is required is to limit certain foods in your diet? With this in mind, let’s discuss five dietary choices that may be contributing to your GERD related symptoms: 1) Alcoholic beverages – Whether it be a fine wine, beer, or small shots of liquor, alcohol consumption will lower stomach muscle pressure and increase the frequency of symptoms 2) Caffeinated beverages – Much like alcohol, caffeine makes it easier for stomach contents to move up into the esophagus The most common culprits are coffee and sodas, though energy drinks may problematic as well 3) Fatty foods – While fats are an integral part of your diet, excessive fat may aggravate GERD symptoms Deep fried items like french fries, fried chicken, or foods that are full of butter or cream should be limited

4) Spicy foods – Chili’s or naturally hot items may add a kick of flavor to food, but your stomach will hate you for them! I recommend you limit these since they will only make your symptoms worse 5) Mint and peppermint – Much like alcohol, the chemicals behind these flavors weaken the muscles in the stomach This can lead to an increase in GERD related symptoms In addition to these dietary modifications, also remember to consume appropriate amounts of food and avoid overeating You may also find relief from symptoms by staying on your feet two hours after a meal and sleeping with your upper body in a partially elevated position

If you consistently suffer from GERD symptoms, proper management and limitation of these foods may help you increase your quality of life and find relief For more information and counseling, speak to your dietitian about what will work best for you


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