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Diet Plan for Patients of Acidity Problem

Acid reflux is a condition in which acid backflow regularly from the stomach into the esophagus. This regurgitation is usually long-term, and can result in uncomfortable symptoms, including heartburn and pain in the upper abdomen. The severity of the condition often relates to diet and lifestyle.

Your doctor may diagnose you with gastroesophageal disease (GERD) if this happens more than twice a week.

Avoiding trigger foods and following other dietary tips may relieve the symptoms of GERD.

What Foods To Consumed

While no proven "GERD diet" exists, the following foods may help you ease or avoid symptoms.

Vegetables

Vegetables are naturally low in fat and sugar, and they help reduce stomach acid. Good options include green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a breakfast favorite, a whole grain, and an excellent source of fiber. Oatmeal can absorb acid in the stomach and reduce symptoms of reflux. Other fiber options include whole-grain breads and whole-grain rice.

Ginger

Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s a natural treatment for heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems. You can add grated or sliced ginger root to recipes or smoothies or drink ginger tea to ease symptoms.

Lean meats and seafood

Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, fish, and seafood, are low-fat and reduce symptoms of acid reflux. Try them grilled, broiled, baked, or poached.

Noncitrus fruits

Noncitrus fruits, including melons, bananas, apples, and pears, are less likely to trigger reflux symptoms than acidic fruits.

Egg whites

Egg whites are a good option. Stay away from egg yolks, though, which are high in fat and may trigger reflux symptoms.

What Foods To Avoid

High-acid food and drink

Foods that tend to cause more acidity in the body and that you may need to limit or avoid include:

  •  grains
  •  sugar
  •  certain dairy products
  •  fish
  •  processed foods
  •  fresh meats and processed meats, such as corned beef and turkey
  •  sodas and other sweetened beverages
  •  high-protein foods and supplements
Fruits and fruit juices high in acid

Here’s a list of fruits and their pH from Clemson University. They are listed from most acidic to least:

  •  lemon juice
  •  limes
  •  blue plums
  •  grapes
  •  pomegranates
  •  grapefruits
  •  blueberries
  •  pineapples
  •  apples
  •  peaches
  •  oranges
  •  tomatoes
Drinks high in acid

You may choose to avoid high-phosphorus drinks such as beer or hot chocolate made from packets of cocoa mix. Mineral sodas or sparkling water can be a good substitute. If you do wish to drink alcohol, go with lower phosphorus red or white wine.

Making lifestyle changes

In addition to controlling reflux symptoms with diet and nutrition, you can manage symptoms with lifestyle changes. Try these tips:

  •  Take antacids and other medications that reduce acid production. (Overuse can cause negative side effects.) Buy antacids here.
  •  Maintain a healthy weight.
  •  Chew gum that isn’t peppermint or spearmint flavored.
  •  Avoid alcohol.
  •  Stop smoking.
  •  Don’t overeat, and eat slowly.
  •  Remain upright for at least two hours after eating.
  •  Avoid tight clothing.
  •  Don’t eat for three to four hours before going to bed.
  •  Raise the head of your bed four to six inches to reduce reflux symptoms while sleeping.