7 Foods That'll Tickle Your Tummy: Enhancing Digestion and Treating Acid Reflux
(This article relates to GERD, Acid Reflux Diet, Reflux Disease, GERD Diet, GERD Symptoms, GERD Treatment, GERD Remedies)
What foods can I eat to help in digestion and acid reflux?
Good digestion is essential for overall health and well-being. Eating the right foods can help to improve digestion and reduce the risk of acid reflux and other digestive problems. I will admit that like most doctors, I tend to focus on what NOT to eat when educating my patients on GERD and Reflux. In this blog, we will explore seven foods that are good for you that you can start eating today to enhance digestion and treat acid reflux.
Ginger: Ginger has been used for centuries to treat digestive problems, including acid reflux. Ginger can help to reduce inflammation, soothe the digestive tract, and improve digestion.
Bananas: Bananas are a good source of fiber and are also rich in potassium, which can help to reduce acid reflux.
Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is known for its soothing properties and can help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce acid reflux.
Papaya: Papaya is rich in enzymes that can help to improve digestion and reduce acid reflux.
Yogurt: Yogurt is a good source of probiotics, which can help to balance the gut bacteria and reduce the risk of acid reflux.
Fennel: Fennel is a natural antacid and can help to soothe the digestive tract and reduce acid reflux.
Leafy greens: Leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, are a good source of fiber and can help to improve digestion and reduce acid reflux.
What do you mean by a "GERD Diet"?
While these foods can all be helpful to improve symptoms, it is important to also be aware of foods that can worsen reflux, and try to either minimize or avoid them if needed:
Tomato sauces/ concentrated tomatoes
Citrus fruits and juices
Alcohol (in particular beer and red wine)
Fried/ overly fatty foods
Anything else I should do that can help?
Another recommendation is to raise the head of the bed with the use of pillows or a mattress wedge, but probably the best advice that can be given is to avoid eating within 2 hours of going to sleep, so that your stomach will be empty when you lie down.
In conclusion, eating the right foods can help to enhance digestion and treat acid reflux. By incorporating these seven foods into your diet, adhering to a GERD diet, and changing your sleeping position, you can improve your digestion, reduce the risk of digestive problems, and enjoy better overall health and well-being. Remember to also stay hydrated and eat slowly to allow your body to properly digest food.
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