Dietary Modifications To Ease Acid Reflux

Jan 15, 2024

Properly planned management of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) starts with an accurate diagnosis from a gastroenterologist. You must take proper action towards treating chronic reflux since it does not naturally resolve itself. Long-term use of over-the-counter medications merely masks underlying issues; therefore, we urge you to plan dietary modifications to deal with your acid reflux more effectively.

Symptoms and Treatment Of GERD

Under normal circumstances, occasional heartburn after eating certain types of food is manageable and not a cause of concern; however, experiencing an episode more than once a week is a clear marker of GERD. According to experts, the successful management of this condition requires a meticulous combination of prescribed medicines and dietary changes.

What Can Be The Triggering Factors?

It is crucial to understand what foods trigger a negative response and avoid their intake on a regular basis. If your menu consists of common stimuli like high-fat foods, caffeine, peppermint, carbonated beverages, etc., you would want to lessen their intake to see a significant change.

Dietary Modifications

Other than the don’ts, you must have adequate knowledge of the items that must be on your list for proper nutrition. When you are devising an acid reflux-friendly diet, there is no need to keep eliminating your favorite foods. Simple modifications have a great impact, too. Here are some food groups you should be more inclined to:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables: You can go for non-citrus fruits such as bananas, melons, and apples, along with a variety of vegetables, including cauliflower, green beans, eggplants, etc.
  2. Proteins With Low Saturated Fats: Make sure to put high-protein options like egg whites and lean meats prepared other than frying on the chart. These protein sources are a good source of nutrients that are needed and would not aggravate adverse GERD symptoms.
  3. Complex Carbohydrates: Options like oatmeal, whole-grain bread, and root vegetables are the best ways to have healthy carbs and fiber. These choices support digestive health, reducing the chances of acid reflux.
  4. Healthy Fats: Saturated fats from olive oil, nuts, or fatty fish are fan favorites to lessen LDL levels.

Lifestyle Changes

Other than the necessary dietary adjustments, you can also modify some lifestyle habits for better management of your condition:

  • Post-Meal Habits: steer clear of lying down for around 2 hours after your meal. This prevents your stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus.
  • Changes in Sleeping Pattern: Keep your head up while sleeping with the help of using extra pillows to reduce the chances of reflux.
  • Eating Frequency: Choose smaller, more frequent meals to aid digestion and prevent heartburn.
  • Choice of Garments: Opt for loose-fitting clothes that would relieve pressure on the stomach.
  • Quit Smoking: Smoking is a known trigger for stomach acid production and weakens the lower esophageal sphincter that is responsible for keeping the stomach contents inside.

Closing Note

In a nutshell, modifications in diet and lifestyle can play a massive role in easing acid reflux symptoms. By including vegetables like green beans and fiber with whole grains, you can lessen the incidence of excessive stomach acid development. If you have more questions, feel free to consult Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon at our facility, who has a fellowship from Bariatric Medical Institute (San Antonio, TX) at Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery for dietary counseling. Dial (469) 639-0953 to talk to us.

Dr. Mustafa H. Alibhai

Dr. Alibhai, a board-certified general surgeon, passionately leads Nova Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. Formerly an Assistant Professor at McGovern Medical School, he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. His academic journey includes a Bachelor’s from Southern Methodist University, Medical School at UT Southwestern, and residencies at UT Southwestern. Specializing further, he completed Bariatric and Robotic Fellowships, advancing surgical techniques with a focus on patient well-being.

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