It is normal for any of us to experience the annoying problem of acid reflux, for example during an occasional burping or after overeating.
However, when acid reflux occurs regularly, it may mean that a person has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Regardless of what the diagnosis may be, it often gets worse after eating, as certain foods and drinks can trigger terrible symptoms.
Here, you can learn about the six foods that should be avoided to reduce acid reflux or relieve its symptoms.
Alcohol use can cause acid reflux according to the NHS, so try to avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible.
“Alcohol has been shown to relieve lower esophageal symptoms, which can lead to heartburn,” the Express Pharmacy notes.
Studies have also shown that drinking large amounts of wine and beer can actually increase the amount of stomach acid in the body, increasing the likelihood of heartburn.
Spicy foods may be tasty and good for your immune system, but they are one of the most common heartburn triggers.
“Spicy foods contain a compound called capsaicin, which is believed to slow the rate of digestion,” Express Pharmacy said.
Therefore, food stays in the stomach for a longer time, which increases the risk of heartburn.
Studies have revealed the dangers of eating spicy foods for those suffering from heartburn, and one Australian study found that eating foods rich in chili powder reduces the rate of digestion.
Foods rich in fat
Foods high in fat have been shown to increase the incidence of acid reflux symptoms. The Express Pharmacy explained: “Fatty foods can relax the lower esophageal sphincter, allowing stomach acid to escape from the stomach into the esophagus and causing acid reflux.
Moreover, foods that are high in fat can also encourage the secretion of the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). This has been shown to relax the lower esophageal sphincter and cause acid reflux.”
Stay away from the following foods if you can:
Fatty cuts of meat
Meat products, including sausages
Butter, ghee and lard
Cheese, especially hard cheeses like cheddar
Cream, such as sour cream and ice cream
– Some delicious snacks, such as cheese crackers and some popcorn
– Biscuits, cakes and pastries
– Palm oil
Coconut oil and coconut cream
Tomatoes are the main source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has a number of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer, but apparently not good for acid reflux.
The fruit may be full of vitamin C, potassium and other nutrients but it is also very acidic, which may be why it makes acid reflux worse.
This applies to fresh and canned produce, juice, and all products that contain tomatoes, so beware of fruits if you notice a worsening of symptoms after eating them.
The Express Pharmacy notes that citrus juices, such as orange juice, lemon juice and grapefruit juice, can all trigger symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux.
The foundation explains, on its website: “A Korean study found that 67% of 382 people with heartburn experienced worse symptoms after drinking orange juice. In another study, 73% of people experienced acid reflux after drinking citrus juice.”
The problem may lie in the fact that citrus fruits are highly acidic and when you drink them you have a lot of acid in your stomach, which causes heartburn and acid reflux symptoms.
Studies have shown that coffee and other caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee and some energy drinks) cause heartburn.
Express Pharmacy explained: “One 1980 study found that, like alcohol and fatty foods, coffee can relax the lower esophageal sphincter and increase the likelihood of acid reflux. And when it comes to coffee drinking, it really depends on your personal experience. And if you find That you can enjoy coffee without heartburn, there’s no reason to avoid it.”