Many people suffer from acid reflux. According to one study, between 25 percent and 40 percent of Americans of all ages suffer from acid reflux symptoms. Good news is there are many things you can do to reduce it. One of them is changing your diet. There are some foods that you can incorporate into your diet as acid reflux remedies.
In this article, we made a list of 12 such foods. But before that.
What is Acid Reflux
There is a valve, or a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter, at the entrance of your stomach. As soon as food passes through the sphincter, it closes.
If the sphincter doesn’t close all the way, acids produced in the stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause acid reflux. When acids in your stomach back up into your esophagus, you get heartburn.
Other issues such as being overweight, lying down after eating a large meal and certain acidic trigger foods can also lead to acid reflux and heartburn.
Symptoms of Acid Reflux
Common symptoms of acid reflux are:
- Heartburn: A burning pain that moves from your stomach to your abdomen or chest.
- A bitter taste backing up into your throat.
- Dry mouth
- Bad breath
If these symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease.
Foods That Work for Acid Reflux Remedies
Foods and herbs have been used as acid reflux remedies for hundreds of years. The natural acids in foods you eat play a role in your acid reflux. To avoid heartburn, build your meals around these foods.:
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a great way to start your day. It’s filling and doesn’t cause reflux. It also contains a lot of healthy fiber.
Ginger: Ginger has been used as a treatment for upset stomach, gastrointestinal conditions and as an anti-inflammatory for hundreds of years. It has benefits for acid reflux.
Melons: Melons are good for acid reflux. But a very small percentage of people find that their condition is worsened by melons. So see if it works for you. Also, all sorts of melon like watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, honeydew work.
Banana: Banana is a great snack. They are also good for acid reflux.
Fennel: Fennel has a pH of 6.9, so it’s low in acid. It makes a great addition to salads. There’s some evidence that it can improve your digestion and reflux.
Aloe vera: It’s a famous natural healing agent. It also helps with reflux. It is available as a living plant. You can also buy is as a supplement — in juices, capsules, and other forms.
Lean poultry and meats: You can boil, bake, grill, or steam chicken and turkey. But don’t fry them. You also need to remove the skin, because they’re high in fat. Lean ground beef and steak can also be fine.
Fish and seafood: Like chicken, they should be baked, grilled, or steamed. Don’t fry them. Also, don’t use fatty sauces. To get all the benefits, buy wild fish, not the farm-raised variety.
Green veggies: Green veggies like Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, celery, and green beans are low in acid and good for acid reflux.
Parsley: For hundreds of years, parsley has been used for upset stomach. It can also help with acid reflux.
Couscous and rice: Couscous (semolina wheat), and rice (especially brown rice) are healthy complex carbs. They are great if you have reflux.
Adding these foods to your diet could really help with acid reflux. But they have limitations. They can’t counteract the effects of trigger foods. So you need to stay away from them. So here’s a list of common causes of acid reflux.
Common Causes of Acid Reflux
Here are top foods and behaviors most commonly linked to acid reflux:
Bad eating habit: Eating fatty foods, large meals or eating later in the day.
Chocolate: It is reasonably consistent in causing acid reflux.
Caffeine: Not everyone. But many people have problems with coffee and caffeine.
Tomatoes: Be more of a problem when they are cooked.
Alcohol: All types can trigger acid reflux, but red wine is particularly troublesome for some.
What food works best for you as acid reflux remedies? Let me know in the comment section.