Monday, August 27, 2007

12 Food and Drink to avoid GERD symptoms

1.Prevent heartburn by limiting acidic foods, such as grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, or vinegar
2.Spicy foods giving you heartburn? Cut back on pepper or chilies.
3.Don't lie down for two to three hours after you eat. When you are sitting up, gravity helps drain food and stomach acid into your stomach.
4.Enjoy lean meats and nonfatty foods. Greasy foods (like French fries and cheeseburgers) can trigger heartburn.
5.Want to avoid GERD symptom triggers? You may want to cut back on chocolate, mint, citrus, tomatoes, pepper, vinegar, catsup, and mustard.
6.Avoid drinks that can trigger reflux, such as alcohol, drinks with caffeine, and carbonated drinks.
7.Size matters: Eat smaller meals and you may avoid triggering GERD symptoms.
8.Enjoy an after-work drink? You may want to turn to teetotaling: Alcohol can relax the esophageal sphincter, worsening GERD.
9.Crazy about colas? It may be time to cut back. Colas can be related to reflux and to GERD symptoms.
10.Keep heartburn at bay: Don't eat too quickly! Try putting your fork down between bites.
11.Avoid snacking at bedtime. Eating close to bedtime can trigger heartburn symptoms.
12.Reduce your nighttime heartburn risk: Eat meals two to three hours before sleep.

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