(Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Diet; Heartburn Diet)
by Sarah J. Kerr, BA
What Is a GERD Diet?
A GERD diet is designed to reduce the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD include:
Why Should I Follow a GERD Diet?
Following a GERD diet can help you manage the symptoms of GERD. Changes to your diet are usually included along with other lifestyle changes and medicines. If reflux is not treated, it can cause damage to your esophagus.
Eating Guide for a GERD Diet TOP
It can be easy to make changes to your diet to treat GERD. There are two main categories to consider: How you eat and what you eat.
How You Eat
Making these simple changes can help reduce your GERD symptoms:
What You Eat
Certain foods may “trigger” your GERD symptoms or make them worse. You may want to try keeping a food diary. Keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and your symptoms for 1-2 weeks. This may help you make connections between certain foods and GERD symptoms.
Common triggers include:
Once you know what foods trigger your GERD symptoms, it is best to avoid eating them. Instead, eat foods that do not lead to symptoms. Here is a sample menu that shows how you can eat a variety of foods without aggravating your GERD.
Other Ways to Control GERD TOP
In addition to changing the way you eat by avoiding trigger foods, these steps may help keep your GERD symptoms at bay:
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Last reviewed March 2013 by Dianne Scheinberg Rishikof MS, RD, LDN
Last Updated: 03/15/2013