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Diet Care for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Getting a case of acid reflux (heartburn) once in a while isn't unusual, but some people suffer from burning discomfort, bloating and belching almost every time they eat. About 20% of the population has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a chronic acid reflux condition that's diagnosed by a doctor. Diet plays a major role in controlling of gastro-esophageal reflux disease. Patients feel more comfortable with fewer spices and bland foods. It is best to avoid a specific food or food habits that trigger acidity.

To Avoid To Consume
Garlic Green beans
Onion Asparagus
Capsicum Cabbage
Taro root Cauliflower
Potatoes Pumpkin
Coconut Broccoli
Frozen vegetables Carrots
- Ridge gourd
- Bottle gourd
- Ash gourd
- Round gourd
- Mushroom
- Soya
White refined flour and its products Whole wheat
- Oatmeal
- Whole grains cereals
- Brown rice
Black gram yellow lentil
Chickpeas Green lentil
Kidney beans Pink lentil
- Soybean
Orange 5 Almonds (soak in water overnight)
Lemon Watermelon
Grape fruit Banana
Cranberry Musk melon
- Papaya
- Pears
- Apple
- Guava
Diary Products
Whole milk and cream Skimmed milk
Full-fat yogurt -
Cream cheese -
Condensed milk -
Red chili Cumin
Green chili Coriander
Cloves Fennel
Black pepper Mint
- Fenugreek
- Carmon
- Turmeric
Whole milk drinks Coconut water
Cream based liqueurs Green tea
Canned and Packaged soup Herbal tea
Alcohol Aloe Vera juice
Sweetened drinks Bitter gourd juice
Squashes Pumpkin juice
Carbonated drinks -
Unsaturated fats Cow ghee
Cream Canola oil
Palm oil Olive oil
- All fried foods
- Raw, Uncooked and Processed meat
- Tuna
- Burgers

Daily Diet Schedule For GERD

Early Morning

Aloe Vera juice


Veg Dalia / veg upma/ Veg Vermicelli / Veg poha / Veg Idli / Besan pancake (gram flour) / Missi Roti / Stuffed Chapatti/ Chapatti with veg or dal


Fruit / Coconut water/ Herbal tea / Green tea


Plain chapatti/ Boiled Rice / Vegetable + Dal / Roasted or grilled Fish / Chicken (once a week) / Curd


Home-made Soup / Herbal tea / Green tea / Rice flakes snacks


Missi chapatti / Plain chapatti / Boiled Rice / Vegetable with Dal

Things To Remember

  • Water intake should be increased at least 8-10 glass regularly
  • Skipping of meals should be avoided especially breakfast.
  • Walk for at least 30-45 min is recommended.
  • Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
  • Amla powder- 1 tsp. daily after meals
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables should be consumed.
  • Avoid eating too late at night.
  • Do not sleep immediately after meals.
  • Try to avoid alcohol or limit those foods that cause the most problem.
  • It is advisable to limit the intake of citrus fruits as they can lead to heartburn
  • Herbal Tea- Boil ½ tsp each of fennel, coriander, cumin in 3 cups of water till it’s reduced to 1 cups.