Your healthcare provider has advised you to begin an anti-reflux diet. This type of diet is actually easy to follow, requiring you to cut out just a few foods and beverages that either relax the lower part of the esophagus or increase the amount of acid in the stomach. These include:
Caffeinated drinks, carbonated drinks, greasy or fatty foods, spicy food, citros fruits and juices, tomatoes or anything tomato based, onions, peppermint, chocolate, alcohol, nicotine (cigarettes, cigars, cbewiag tobacco).
Here are some dietary suggestions:
|Food Type||Foods to Eat||Foods to Avoid|
|Beverages||Water, fruit juices (except citrus juice), decaffeinated tea or coffee (use carefully, since some people are also sensitive to decaffeinated beverages)||Mint tea, regular coffee or tea, citrus juices, cocoa, alcohol in any form, carbonated drinks with and without caffeine|
|Dairy products||Skim milk, low fat milk, low-fat yogurt, low fat or fat-free sour cream and cream cheese, low fat cottage cheese||Whole milk, butter, chocolate milk, full fat sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, high fat cheeses, such as cheddar, MI fât dips|
|Vegetables||Any plain raw, backed, broiled or steamed vegetable, except onions and tomatoes||Fried, creamed or spicy vegetable dishes, onions, tomatoes|
|Fruits||Any plain raw, broiled or baked fruit||Oranges, tangerines, tangelos, grapefruit, lemons, limes, any fried fruit, any creamy fruit dishes|
|Meats||Any plain baked, broiled, steamed lean beef, pork, chicken, poultry or fish||Luncheon meat, hot dogs, sausage, bacon, fat back, salt pork, heavily marbled beef, any fried, breaded or pan fried meat, poultry, fish, shellfish or pork, any dish with gravy or sauce, chili, pizza, tacos, anything marinated in spicy, tomato or barbequed sauces|
|Breads and cereals||Any low fat bread or cereal, plain rice, plain pasta||Any high fat bread/cereal, any bread made with milk, creamy or cheesy rice dishes, past with tomato sauce|
|Desserts||Low fat baked goods(look for less than 3 grams of fat per serving), low fat or fat free puddings, fruit pops, except citrus pops||Chocolate desserts, creamy desserts, high fat desserts, such as cheesecake, pie, ice cream|
|Soups||Any fat free or low fat soup without tomatoes or onions||Full fat soups, tomato, onion, or french onion soup, creamy soups|
In addition to dietary changes, some other tips to help reduce hcartburn and reflux include: Avoid eating and then bending over, lying down, reclining or going to sleep for two to four hours. Eat small meals instead of large meals, if you are still hungry simply eat more often. Raise the head of your bed 6-8 inches, this can be done by placing the head of the bed on blocks 6-8 inches high or by sleeping on wedge. Do not sleep on several pillows, since this will not help. Avoid tight fitting clothing. Lose weight if you are overweight. Avoid fâst food, since it is usually very high in fat.