Acid Reflux Disease Diet

Acid Reflux is a big problem for more and more people these days, so I want to share some tips that'll help you develop your own acid reflux disease diet that'll make the problem better or alleviate it altogether.

First, here are some foods that have little potential to aggravate acid reflux disease...

Friendly Fruits
Apple, fresh
Apple, dried
Apple juice
Banana

Friendly Vegetables

Vegetables Baked potato
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Green beans
Peas

Friendly Animal Foods
Ground beef, extra-lean
Steak, London Broil
Chicken breast, skinless
Egg whites
Egg substitute
Fish, no added fat

Friendly Dairy Foods
Dairy Cheese, feta or goat
Cream cheese, fat-free
Sour cream, fat-free

Friendly Grain-based Foods
Bread, mult-grain
Cereal, bran or oatmeal
Corn bread
Graham crackers
Pretzels
Rice, brown or white
Rice cakes

Friendly Drinks
Filtered pure waterNow, here are foods you should avoid for your acid reflux disease diet, foods that are almost guaranteed to cause heartburn problems...

Unfriendly Fruits
All citrus fruits and juices
Lemonade
Grapefruit juice
Cranberry juice
Tomatoes

Unfriendly Vegetables

Mashed potatoes
French fries
Raw onions

Unfriendly Meats
Ground beef, chuck
Marbled sirloin
Chicken nuggets
Buffalo wings

Unfriendly Dairy
Sour cream
Milk shakes
Ice cream
Cottage cheese, regular

Unfriendly Grains
Macaroni and cheese
Spaghetti with sauce

Unfriendly Beverages
All alcoholic beverages, including wine and hard liquor
Coffee, decaffeinated or regular
Tea, decaffeinated or regular

Other Foods to Avoid
Fatty or fried foods
Peppermint and spearmint
Whole milk
Oils
Chocolate
Creamed foods or soups
Most fast foods
And here are some miscellaneous techniques to try if you suffer from acid reflux disease...
  • Since nicotine weakens the lower esophageal muscle, you should stop using tobacco in all forms.
  • Avoid chewing gum and hard candy, which increase the amount of swallowed air, which, in turn, leads to belching and reflux.
  • Do not lie down immediately after eating.
  • Avoid late evening snacks.
  • Avoid tight clothing and bending over after eating.
  • Eat small, frequent portions of food and snack if needed.
  • Lose weight if overweight. Obesity leads to increased reflux.
  • Elevate the head of the bed six to eight inches to prevent reflux when sleeping. Extra pillows, by themselves, are not very helpful.
Remember, the healthiest diets are those that are composed whole foods from both plant and animal kingdoms. If you want a great diet that will build health, stay away from processed and packaged foods as much as possible.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at the improvements you'll experience when you practice the acid reflux disease diet that you developed.

Chet Day
Editor, The Health Circus
http://chetday.com
Source: http://www.chetday.com/blog/2005/04/acid-reflux-disease-diet.htm