Foods to avoid with Acid Reflux, GERD or Heartburn | Prilosec OTC

Foods to avoid with Acid Reflux, GERD or Heartburn | Prilosec OTC


If you suffer from heartburn,
there are some simple things you can do that will help manage
your levels of stomach acid. Hi, I’m Dr. Frank McGeorge
from Prilosec OTC. Today, we’re going to talk about ways
in which you can reduce your heartburn, the fourth video in this series. Now, the following
suggestions are not universal. Heartburn triggers vary
from person to person. So experiment with these suggestions
and make a conscious effort to assess how your body feels. Using a diary to track what
works and what doesn’t can help you figure out the best diet for you. For example, drink water between
meals rather than with them. If you consume too much
liquid with a meal, it actually increases the volume
of stomach contents, which increases your chance of heartburn. Be careful with peppermint,
spearmint, and chocolate. They all contain compounds that cause
the lower esophageal sphincter– that’s the muscle that acts
like a valve to let food into the stomach– to loosen or relax. When that happens, acid in the stomach
can flow back up into the esophagus. Also, highly acidic foods, like
oranges, orange juice, tomatoes, and grapefruits, are classic
heartburn foods, especially when they’re consumed on an empty stomach. You might consider experimenting
with stomach cooling juices, like papaya, mango,
guava, and pear instead of that morning glass of orange juice. Now, certain spices like ginger, curry,
and parsley all provoke heartburn. Same holds for garlic and raw onions,
or any food loaded with pepper. So try just a little bit at a time. Alcoholic beverages– wine
or beer, for example– can trigger heartburn for some people. And caffeinated beverages–
coffee, tea, and cola– all raise the level of
acidity in the stomach, making stomach juices even more
irritating if they make their way up into the esophagus. One of the best things you can do to
help avoid the wrong foods and drinks is to keep a stash of safe
snacks in your home or office. Having healthy foods
on hand that you enjoy, like cut up raw vegetables,
raisins, or graham crackers, make reaching for those less healthy
snacks and beverages less likely. Plus, you don’t feel like
you’re missing out as much. And when it comes to dessert,
always try to go light. Heavy desserts tend to be higher in
fat, meaning they can induce heartburn. Try sucking on hard candy instead. This triggers the production of
saliva, which acts as a natural barrier to acid. Just be sure to avoid mint candies. Also, don’t forget that how you eat
is just as important as what you eat. Practice portion control, because your
stomach responds to large portions by producing large amounts of acid. Also, eating slowly and chewing
foods thoroughly will not only make you feel fuller, it gives
your stomach time to digest. And that can decrease the
probability of heartburn. Finally, finish eating your last meal
of the day at least two to three hours before going to bed. That time will give your acid levels a
chance to decrease before you lie down. That’s a position in which
heartburn is likely to occur. Remember, though, the
best heartburn protection comes from a combination of diet,
health, and lifestyle changes. Now, if you’re still suffering from
heartburn two or more days per week, you should talk to your
doctor about supplementing your diet with a medication. For more ideas, watch
our video What Foods You Should Eat to Reduce Heartburn. I’m Dr. Frank McGeorge for Prilosec OTC.

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