When it comes to advice about acid reflux, there is always a lot of information about the type of foods to avoid for acid reflux; those nasty culprits that should be cut from your diet in order to prevent the condition.
Although it would be great to be able to create a list of food that helps with reflux, life is not quite as easy that. There is no fixed diet that will prevent acid reflux. We are all different and we all have different triggers as the causes for acid reflux. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another.
To find out your own specific causes of acid reflux, try keeping a detailed food diary for a week and noting your food, time of day and symptoms, not forgetting any beverages that you may drink.
Once you have completed this, you will have a better idea of the foods to avoid for acid reflux and can move onto the food that helps with reflux.
Here are some suggestions that may help you avoid acid reflux symptoms.
Oatmeal. Starting the day with a bowl of porridge will set you up for the day. Oatmeal can lower cholesterol and this complex carbohydrate and water-soluble fibre encourages slow digestion and stabilises blood sugar. If your acid reflux symptoms are down to lactose intolerance, you will have to add soymilk or water rather than cows milk.
Banana. Some people with acid reflux are sensitive to bananas but most people find them an ideal replacement for snacks and chocolates. Bananas are low in acid and ideal for staving off hunger pangs when acid reflux symptoms can hit.
Chicken and Turkey (remove skin) Low fat meat is unlikely to cause as many acid reflux symptoms and most people who suffer from the condition find this meat easy to digest. Grill or roast for the best results.
Herbal teas or tisanes. It is a sad fact but too much caffeine can cause acid reflux symptoms. Try replacing some of your beverages with herb or fruit teas. If you enjoy tea, try drinking Rooibush tea. It is an excellent replacement for normal tea and is caffeine free.
Fish and Seafood. Low fat and full of minerals and vitamins, fish and seafood is low in acid and rarely causes acid reflux symptoms. Go easy with the lemon, vinegar and white wine!
Vegetables. Rich in fibre and vitamins, eating green veg counts towards one of your five a day and is essential for health. Don’t forget the roots such as Swede carrot and potatoes. Vegetables are rarely the causes of acid reflux and have numerous health benefits.
Ginger can be idea for treating gastrointestinal problems and if spicy food is a problem try eating crystallised ginger as a replacement for sweets and chocolate. Many people find this reduces the symptoms of acid reflux
Rice and bread. Complex carbohydrates are important for health especially wholegrains. Adding more fibre to your diet will help stop acid reflux.
Take pressure of your sphincter! Don’t eat too large a portion, or eat late at night (before bed). Also if you want to exercise wait 45-60 minutes until after eating, this allows most of the meal to empty into the small bowel and gives you a fuel boost too for your workout.