Acid reflux, or heartburn, is characterized by a considerable burning sensation in the stomach and esophagus region. Reflux is extremely bothersome. There is a direct correlation between the foods we put in the body and the experience of acid reflux.
While there are many home remedies for acid reflux, knowing which foods cause acid reflux is the best way to avoid experiencing it.
If you frequently get acid reflux, we would recommend you follow a healthful, alkali-forming diet. This will help you improve your digestive function and reduce acid reflux.
The Eight Foods that Cause Acid Reflux are:
01. Fried Food
Quite challenging to digest, fried foods, and foods high in trans-fats, wreak havoc on the digestive tract. These foods are heavy and slow the overall digestive process, leaving excess acids that can eventually move upward into the esophagus. Fried fats also remain stuck in the digestive system for long periods, and can create increased pressure in the stomach.
02. Manufactured Baked Goods
Baked goods create an acidic environment, especially when baked with artificial colours and preservatives. Avoid all forms of refined sugar and flour, as they rank high on the â€œacidicâ€ charts.
Caffeine in coffee leads to an increased secretion of gastric acid in the stomach, which may cause acid reflux.
04. Carbonated Drinks
These increase pressure levels in the stomach, which in turn increases the acidic response. As an alternative, try drinking more purified room-temperature water. Avoid acidic fruit juices, especially before going to bed.
05. Hot and Spicy Foods
Avoid chilli peppers and hot/spicy sauces. When dining out in restaurants that offer Indian or Thai food, ask your waiter for â€œno-spice.â€ For many people, the Indian version of â€œmildâ€ can still cause severe heartburn.
Alcohol not only increases gastric acid in your body, but it also dehydrates you and may cause you to wake up in the crucial part of the night when the body detoxes from the previous day. In this sense, drinking alcohol today can set you up for poor digestion or acid reflux tomorrow.
Meat is one of the hardest foods to digest. In general, meat that is lower in fat (fish, lean chicken, turkey) creates less acid, while a thick juicy steak requires more acid in the stomach. Limit meat intake, and chew well before swallowing. Eat plenty of raw fruits and veggies instead.
Milk creates excessive secretion of acid, especially if we drink it when the stomach is full.
Other Ways to Prevent Acid Reflux Symptoms Eat until you are only 75% full. Chew food thoroughly. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, instead of two or three heavy meals. Focus on being present with your food. This will help you avoid over-eating. We also recommend that you chew your food for at least twenty bites, and do not lie down immediately after eating. Daily exercise (even just a nice brisk walk), can do wonders for digestion and circulation.