My Top Tips to Prevent Acid Reflux

A couple of years ago I started suffering from heartburn and so took myself off to see my local doctor who diagnosed Acid Reflux. He suggested that controlling my diet restricting the eating of certain foods that are known to increase stomach acid.

So what tips did he give me to prevent the heartburn? Well I have to eat so it is just a case of looking at what triggers the heartburn and Acid Reflux. Mostly this can be done by good meal / diet planning.

So what are the food choices in a good meal? Mainly avoid foods and beverages that weaken the LES muscle.

The main ones:

* Caffeinated beverages
* Alcohol
* Chocolate
* Peppermint
* Fatty foods
* Greasy or fried foods

Then by avoiding foods and beverages that may irritate the esophagus. These include:

* Chili peppers
* Black pepper
* Citrus fruits and juices
* Tomatoes and tomato-based products

I was told to eat smaller meals and to eat more frequent meals.

By eating large meals, treatment it increases pressure in the stomach and against the LES muscle. Eating five or six small meals instead of three larger ones is better for you. But remember not to eat meals too quickly. I have seen it suggested that putting your fork or spoon down between mouthfuls can help you do this.

Other tips

Try avoiding high-fat meals. As high-fat foods tend to stay in the stomach much longer.

Try also avoid spicy food meals. Spicy foods are known to cause heartburn symptoms in the sufferers.

Reduce or stop drinking alcohol. Drinking of alcohol before, during, or after meals can trigger heartburn because alcohol weakens the LES muscle.

So after meals definitely don’t smoke. If you smoke after eating can lead to nasty heartburn symptoms because the nicotine in the cigarette again weakens the LES muscle.

I read a recent article that suggested chewing gum.The chewing of gum after meals stimulates the saliva production. Saliva will neutralise the stomach acid or Acid Reflux. Apparently it also increases peristalsis — the contraction and relaxation of muscles that pushes food through the digestive tract and helps move the contents of the stomach into the small intestine faster.