Many people have the erroneous idea that being on a special diet for GERD requires eating nothing but bland and boring foods. Nothing could be further from the truth! Just because you are on a GERD diet does not mean that you have to give up all of the flavor and enjoyment you are used to. While there may be a few foods that you’ll need to avoid, you will be able to add a lot of different foods to make up for them. Let us look at some of the foods you will want to avoid while eating a GERD diet, but more importantly what you can eat to make eating fulfilling.
The first thing you need to understand is that anything that is known to cause heartburn such as hot and spicy foods will not be very friendly to someone who suffers from GERD. There are also quite a few nuts and sugary snacks that can further irritate your condition. However, there are also some sweets that can be eaten on a GERD diet. Fat free snacks are quite friendly to someone who is eating a special GERD diet. Red licorice, jelly beans and other fat free gummy candies are usually fine. If you want to incorporate something sweet and creamy into your GERD diet menu plan then frozen yogurt is a wonderful treat. This can be bought in a variety of different flavors. You will still want to be cautious of flavors that include nuts but for the most part frozen yogurt is great for your GERD diet menu. Some fruits such as citrus fruits should be avoided while bananas and apples are fine. Apples can be eaten dehydrated as a crunchy snack or just fresh.
If you just want something safe to snack on pretzels, graham crackers, bran/oat cereal or rice cakes are great choices. Be cautious when choosing flavored rice cakes as some can trigger heartburn such as the peanut butter flavored variety. If you want to eat cheese try substituting goat’s milk or feta for cow’s milk cheeses. Always remember that fatty foods are major culprits so try to eat low fat or even fat free cheeses. Butter is something that should be avoided but low fat or fat free sour cream can be used for things like baked potatoes.
If you enjoy veggies then there is very good news. Many different kinds of green leafy vegetables can be made a part of your GERD diet menu recipes. Also, meant is not something that you’ll totally have to avoid but you will want to stick to lean cuts of meat. It would also be a good idea to avoid pork completely or at least minimize the amount of times you eat it.
There are strict GERD diets that are intended for people who have more complicated cases of the illness and then there are those who must adhere to a moderate GERD diet. If you have GERD then you’ve probably been given a set of instructions from your physician. Use the foods that you are able to eat to create exciting and delicious GERD diet menu sample items. As long as you are using the foods you are allowed to eat there is almost no limit to what you can do to create scrumptious and wholesome meals.
Sabrosa means tasty in spanish and it would be especially tasty for heartburn sufferers since it is produced in a way to be easy on heartburn.
So how Duane Thompson, the inventor of this product, did it? Even though his salsa contains some tomatoes they are thoroughly cooked and pureed to keep acidity low. Another ingredient which is great for taste and good for you stomach is roasted green and red peppers.
So if you’re keen to try some salsa and keep your stomach safe – try some of Sabrosa salsa. You can find it in selected Sam’s warehouse locations or directly in Sabrosa foods online store.
Milk is a very popular home remedy for heartburn. Well it may work fine during the day to soothe the stomach after heavy meal. But don’t use it before sleep to prevent nighttime heartburn. The problem is that milk is only effective for 30 or 40 minutes. Since it is a high calorie food which requires quite some energy to be digested your stomach will produce even more acid than milk originally neutralized. That is why if you had some milk before going to sleep to treat your heartburn you can expect a sleepless night.
I strongly recommend to replace it with water since it will dilute the acid and get it out of stomach faster.
Don’t try to get rid of heartburn by eating something (there are lots of beliefs that eating something will help heartburn). If it is something high calorie it will produce even more acid.
Best recommendation is to stay awake for 2-3 hours after your last meal. This will guarantee that you will go to sleep with an empty stomach and zero nighttime heartburn.
If you cannot stay awake for that long I strongly recommend getting wedge pillow. It will elevate your body in a way preventing acid from getting to your esophagus. Wedge pillow could be uncomfortable for some people but you don’t need to sleep on it entire night (except a case when you have a severe chronic heartburn which needs to be treated for several months). Usually you will need it only for first 2-3 hours of sleep.
I was playing with different smoothies recently to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for me. So here is my list:
Milk, banana, protein – no heartburn but taste is so-so…
Milk, banana – no heartburn – but it is just a banana… Boring!
Milk, banana, strawberry – no heartburn and tastes very nice
Milk, banana, strawberry, peach – don’t overdo with peach, it can add nice taste pattern but also can cause minor heartburn. So experiment here.
Milk, peach, strawberry – risky one. But still worth a try if you don’t like banana. Try to start small on peach since it is quite acid.
I want to try to add some kiwi to my smoothies since they taste delicious. But they are the most acidic (not counting lemon probably)…
If you see any of the smoothies causing you constant heartburn stop it and try a trusted “no heartburn” one. Then slowly add very tiny pieces of fruit you like and see what happens.
Experiment and you’ll find it!
Here are some other methods on how to cure heartburn.
This is a usual problem for all heartburn sufferers. No acid, no acid, no acid… But what if I want that strawberry, raspberry or orange in my diet?!?!
And how can you imagine living the rest of your life without eating fruits? Well there is a trick which can help you to get your vitamins without pills.
Take a couple glasses of milk put them to the blender, add banana or two add fruits or berries you want, blend them togetherÂ and your heavenly smoothie is ready.
It is definitely not exactly the same as eating whole fruit but as close as it possible. Banana and milk in your smoothie will compensate for an acid in acidic fruit and entire drink will be neutral.
You probably will have to experiment before you’ll get an ideal combination.
Having heartburn sucks, but what sucks even more is not being able to relax with friends having a pint of beer or shot of vodka.
All web sites recommend completely avoiding alcohol when having heartburn. But at the same time they claim that heartburn is a life long condition. Well does it mean you will have to avoid alcohol for the rest of your life? No way!!!
We already know that wine in moderation is good for your health. But wine is the most acidic liquid you probably can find around except vinegar. And it will definitely cause heartburn in 3-5 minutes after consuming.
Many wine lovers with heartburn just try to stand the pain and take tiny pieces of pleasure before heartburn starts. But I doubt that it is really fun experience. So if you love wines you can try following.
For one month switch from usual red wines to sweet wines. Right, you probably never heard what the heck is that. No – it is not only ports (even though ports are nice ). There are lots of sweet and semi-sweet wines which are very very popular in certain parts of Europe. And yes, it is not that hard to find them in US.
If you think that these wines taste like grape donut – you’re wrong! I personally respect such wines much much more than any sour ones. Good sweet wines taste better than lots of dry wines.
So if you want to get full list of such wines please go to “wine list page” where I have a list of wines which are very tasty and won’t hurt your stomach.
Please note that an alcohol is still an alcohol – so drink it in moderation. Even too much of sweet or semi-sweet wine could put your stomach on fire.
But just imagine – drinking glass of wine and not having heartburn. And if you won’t have it for a month – there is a very good chance you can start drinking dry wines in moderation too. Just don’t drink too much.
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I recently found quite an interesting paper on chocolate and esophagus. It looks like chocolate does decrease LES (lower esophagus sphincter) pressure … The way they propose to deal with it is to either take some antacids together with chocolate or bethanechol
I don’t like this solution. I just want to eat chocolate, just a chocolate alone!
Here is an abstract for your reference:
The adverse effect of chocolate on lower esophageal sphincter pressure
Lewis E. Wright and Donald O. Castell
Abstract: Decreased lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure after ingestion of chocolate has been previously noted. We have further evaluated the effect of chocolate on the known ability of gastric alkalinization or bethanechol to increase LES tone. 9 normal subjects were studied using an infused open-tip recording system. Pressure was monitored for a 15-min basal period, and for 60 min after ingestion of 120 ml of chocolate syrup either alone or with the concurrent administration of commercial antacid, oral bethanechol, or subcutaneous bethanechol. After chocolate ingestion, mean basal LES pressure of 14.6±1.1 (±SEM) mm Hg decreased significantly (P<0.01) to 7.9±1.3 mm Hg. An identical LES response occurred when antacid was given with the chocolate dose. Oral bethanechol (25 mg) and chocolate together resulted in lesser decreases in LES pressure. Subcutaneous bethanechol (5 mg) and chocolate produced significant increases (P<0.05) in sphincter pressure, although of lesser magnitude than reported with bethanechol alone. These results indicate that the adverse effect of chocolate on the LES is not reversed by gastric alkalinization and suggest that bethanechol in sufficient dose may overcome chocolate-induced decreases in LES pressure.
Very useful URL when you want to check how acid is the food you want to try. Check it out here
Well if you have heartburn you know that most of juices are not for you. Orange and apple juices were my favorite ones – but now I have to pass them since they cause heartburn even in mild quantities.
Here is a list of replacements I like:
Pear juice – the best one – no heartburn at all. I get this one in Whole Foods which is super expensive. If you have any idea how to get it cheaper let me know.
Apricot juice, pear juice, mango juice – all of them are not very acidic. But you should see for yourself how you react to them.
Birch sap – I used to drink it when I lived in Belarus but I have no idea where to find it in US.
Also you can try nectars – they are the same as juices but less concentrated – so they maybe easier on your stomach.
For a while I also tried acidic juices diluted by water. They are less tastier than originals but much better for stomach.
Take a look at complete list of foods which cause/not cause heartburn at Food Database.
Let me give you some more food to try. Hopefully this will help you heartburn. This is the only food out of milk family which works wonders for me. It is cottage and farmer cheese. Note that you have to select non-acid cottage and farmer cheese. Cottage cheese is usually non-acid (especially when you eat with some fruits or jam). But select farmer cheese with carefulness – sometimes it is a bit acidÂ and may cause heartburn.
This was one of the best heartburn relieving foods for me. Since it is milk based – it is alkaline with lots of calcium and naturally reduces acid in your stomach. And it is not liquid as milk but solid which causes it to absorb acid much better and not allow it to get to your esophagus.
Also cottage cheese is very healthy – there are lots of nations in the world which diet has cottage and farmer cheese in it.
Cottage cheese could be easily found in your local grocery store (pick organic – it usually tastes better). Farmer cheese is not that easy to find – but you can look for it in Russian or Eastern European stores and local farms.
Hope this helps!
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