7 Foods and Drinks Your GI Doctor Advises Against If You Have Acid Reflux

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There are many foods that can exacerbate acid reflux and cause
heartburn. Your GI doctor can help you identify all of them, but here
are a few of the most common to look out for:

1. Fried Foods
These
are at the top of the list for a reason. The grease used to fry foods
will generally irritate your stomach, which makes it easy for stomach
acid to escape to your esophagus. Although fried meats are more common,
vegetables can have the same effect, so be careful.

2. Carbonated Beverages
This
one is a double whammy: carbonated drinks are often highly caffeinated
and caffeine, which can irritate your stomach, is one of the worst
things for acid reflux. Even if your favorite carbonated beverage is low
in caffeine, however, it is still better to avoid it because of the
amount of gas it will add to your stomach. When you release the gas, by
burping, it will allow the stomach acid to escape, making your heartburn
much worse.

3. Citrus
Citric fruits contain a good deal of
acid on their own and add more acid to your stomach, which makes it easy
for acid to overflow into your esophagus. On top of that, citric acid
also causes your esophagus to relax, making it easier for heartburn to
occur. Avoid oranges, limes, grapefruits, and lemons if you have acid
reflux.

4. Tomatoes/Tomato Sauce
Tomatoes are another food
that is naturally high in acid. This means that you have to avoid
tomatoes and foods that use them, including ketchup, marinara sauce, or
tomato soups; if you don’t then all that extra acid in your stomach may
splash back into your esophagus.

5. Chocolate
For many, this
one may be the most difficult to avoid. Chocolate contains caffeine and
fat, and it is also made of cocoa, another food that can cause
heartburn on its own. In theory, dark chocolate is slightly better for
those with acid reflux, but the truth is that all chocolate is going to
cause heartburn, so stay away.

6. Alcohol
Any GI Doctor will
tell you that any drink with a lot of sugar, such as alcohol, is likely
to upset your stomach and cause heartburn, but alcohol will also cause
your esophageal sphincter to relax as you drink; making it one of the
worst things for those with acid reflux.

7. Coffee
Soft
drinks may be high in caffeine, but they’ve got nothing on coffee and
espresso. All that caffeine will cause some serious heartburn, however
you can always opt for decaffeinated coffee. The same goes for tea as
well.
It may be hard to avoid all of the above foods and beverages
all of the time, but if you don’t want to experience constant stomach
pain then a little bit of caution can go a long way. There are also ways
to help avoid heartburn, such as making sure to eat two hours before
sleeping and eating smaller but numerous meals throughout the day.
Consult your GI doctor for information on how to treat acid reflux and
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