Diet for GERD

GERD is a disease that is associated with the acid reflux in your stomach. This causes a number of irritations in your health. A proper diet can always make you feel better along with the medicines that you take.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a state of the esophagus that allows reflux from the stomach to go into it. GERD can cause nausea, heartburn, coughing and other symptoms for its sufferers. A diet that has been designed for this disease can help you to get rid of GERD.

Food Items for GERD Diet

The food list that is given below is a typical diet for GERD disease:

Vegetables:

Broccoli, peas, carrots, and green beans can be eaten.

Meats and Fish:

Try to avoid meat as far as possible. Skinless and fatless chicken and fresh fish can anyways be eaten.

Fruits:

Papaya and pineapple can be eaten.

Grains:

Normal grains like cereals, rice bread, crackers, etc are considered safe.

Beverages:

Only mineral water can be taken.

Points to Remember

These are some points that you should remember if you want to fight this disease. These are:

  • Eat small and frequent meals in a day. Small meal will put less pressure on the stomach and requires less acid secretion.
  • Avoid oily and high fat food items. These will induce a larger amount of acid which is not good for the disease.
  • Quit fast food, especially those that are sold in the fast food chains.
  • Do not over eat at any point of time. Over eating will stimulate the stomach to secrete more acid.
  • Avoid caffeinated foods and beverages like coffee, tea, chocolates etc and also avoid alcohol as much as possible.
  • Stay in an upright position at list for 45 mins after you finish your meal.
  • Do not wear clothes which are tight in the abdominal areas.
  • Do not eat in between 3 hours before going to bed.
  • During this time, sleep on your left side.
  • Try to lose weight if you are over weight.

Now let us discuss about the food items that are not suitable for you if you are suffering from GERD.

Food Items that should be avoided

Vegetables

  • French fries
  • Raw onion
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Tomato

Grains

  • Spaghetti with sauce
  • Macaroni and cheese

Meat

  • Beef/pork
  • Marbled meat
  • Chicken with skin

Fruits

  • Orange juice
  • Lemonade
  • Lemon
  • Cranberry juice
  • Grape juice

Dairy

  • Ice cream
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese made of whole milk
  • Milk shake/chocolate milk shake

Oil/Fats

  • Cream
  • Any cooking oil
  • Salad dressing oil/vinegar

Sweets/Desserts

  • High calorie cookies/ Brownie
  • Chocolates
  • Corn chips
  • Dough nuts

Drinks/Beverages

  • Any alcohol/liquor
  • Wine
  • Coffee/tea (decaffeinated or regular)

Tips and solutions that are given above are inspired from research articles. Please consult your doctor or dietitian for detailed help.