GERD (Heartburn) Prevention: 5 Dietary Things To Avoid

Limit fatty foods like french fries.

Fatty foods

While fats are an integral part of your diet, excessive fat may aggravate GERD symptoms. Deep fried items should be limited. This includes foods like french fries, fried chicken, or anything that is full of butter or cream.

Hot sauce can exasperate GERD related symptoms.

Spicy foods

Naturally hot items can add a nice kick of flavor to food. But, your stomach will hate you for them! Therefore, I highly recommend you limit these foods since they will only make worsen your symptoms.

Mint and peppermint

Much like alcohol, the chemicals behind these flavors weaken the muscles in your stomach. Again, this can lead to an increase in GERD related symptoms.

In addition to these dietary modifications, remember to consume appropriate amounts of food and avoid overeating. You may also find relief from symptoms by staying on your feet two hours after a meal and sleeping with your upper body in a partially elevated position.

Related: “Constipation: How To Prevent and Relieve This Painful Condition”

If you consistently suffer from GERD symptoms, proper management and limitation of these foods may help you increase your quality of life and find relief. For more information and counseling, speak to your registered dietitian about what will work best for you.

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Dustin Moore, MS, RD
As an educator and dietitian, my role centers on the question of, “what is the purpose of having good health?” and I believe the answer is to maximize the freedom there is to life. I desire that problems or struggles with health be minimized or better managed to let you pursue life to the fullest. Education of individuals, whether they are patients, students, dietetic interns, or the general population gives me direction and drive. Whatever is related to the wellness and longevity of life in individuals is something I am interested in teaching and discussing. For this reason, I make it my mission to help everyone understand and apply the principles of nutritional science, and provide them with the right resources to make good decisions. I received my bachelor’s degree in dietetics at Brigham Young University and then completed my master’s degree and dietetic internship at CSU-Long Beach. In addition to cooking, teaching, writing, and staying up to date on current events related to health, I love archery, weight lifting, spending time with my wife, and arguing about which Batman comic needs to be brought next to the big screen.

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