Best foods for people with GERD or acid reflux
Who hasn’t eaten a food item they know they’re going to regret later? Well, for sufferers of acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux (GER), that happens more often then they’d like. While many of us deal with the occasional symptoms like heartburn, 20 percent of the U.S. population has gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where symptoms occur more than twice a week, for weeks at a time.
If that applies to you, first thing’s first — visit your doctor immediately! Try to stop eating about two to three hours before bed, and avoid greasy or spicy foods, and alcoholic drinks.
It’s not all bad news: You may also reduce discomfort by incorporating certain foods into your diet. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites to help ease your symptoms:
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1. Apple cider vinegar
Counter-intuitive to what you may think, the acidity of apple cider vinegar actually helps prevent heartburn symptoms and even helps soothe the burn if you’re already feeling it. Acid reflux can sometimes be the result of too little stomach acid, so reintroducing this mildly acidic vinegar can have some benefits.
You don’t need to drink it on its own if that’s not your thing. Drizzle it on your veggies or add to a homemade vinaigrette.
2. Green beans
Not all veggies are as low acid as others and if you’re prone to reflux, you may want to go for these green guys. They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral responsible for nerve contraction that also has a calming effect.
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