Almost everyone has experienced the occasional bout of acid reflux after eating a spicy meal or too many fried foods. If you only have symptoms from time to time, you probably can just take an over-the-counter antacid to manage your symptoms.
However, if you find yourself experiencing heartburn, nausea, hoarseness and other symptoms multiple times a week, you should make an appointment with your medical provider. In addition to possibly prescribing medication, your doctor will likely encourage you to make changes in your diet to help reduce your acid reflux.
Common Acid Reflux Triggers
Not everyone gets acid reflux from the same foods, and you may have to do some experimenting to figure out what causes your symptoms. However, there are certain foods that are more likely to trigger reflux. According to the Mayo Clinic, common triggers of acid reflux include:
- Foods that are high in fat
- Fried foods
- Tomato sauce
- Citrus fruits
Fill Your Plate With These Foods To Prevent Reflux Symptoms
If acid reflux has forced you to give up some of your favorite food, take heart. There are many tasty and nutritious options that you can still eat. Be sure to pick some of these up the next time you’re at Abbott’s Farm Outlet or another grocery store.
- Fresh vegetables like broccoli, leafy greens, asparagus, cucumber and cauliflower
- Whole grain foods high in fiber, such as oatmeal, brown rice and whole grain breads
- Lean meats and seafood
- Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets
- Non-citrus fruits such as bananas and apples
- Egg whites
- Healthy fats like nuts, avocadoes and olive oil
Are There Other Ways To Reduce Acid Reflux?
While diet often plays a crucial role in managing your reflux symptoms, there are other lifestyle interventions that can help reduce discomfort. We recommend that you:
- Eat your food slowly
- Have smaller meals throughout the day
- Avoid tight-fitting clothing
- Don’t lie down right after eating
- Quit smoking if you do
- Avoid eating before bed
If your symptoms persist and do not respond to diet and lifestyle changes or medications, surgery may be recommended.
If you are struggling to manage your acid reflux, call Spartanburg | Greer ENT & Allergy today to speak to a specialist or schedule an appointment.