Spicy foods work similarly to fatty foods in aggravating acid reflux. Cut out chillies and chilli powder from your meals. Instead, you can use several other flavour enhancers like cinnamon, herbs, ginger and sea salt.
Surprised? Avocados have a high level of natural fats that, while usually healthy, do not favour those who have acid reflux. If you have mild reflux and are trying to consume fewer dairy and processed fats, avocados maybe a healthier option for you. However, those with more severe acid reflux may have to avoid them altogether.
Carbonated drinks contain a lot of air that gets trapped inside your stomach, increasing lower esophageal sphincter pressure. You can easily replace sodas in drinks with water, or alternatively consume naturally flavoured waters and low-acid juices.
Cocoa is naturally acidic. When combined with milk and sugar, it increases reflux symptoms. If you consume chocolate on a regular basis, it may be beneficial to reduce to about one small serving a week. Dark chocolate also works better than milk or white chocolate.
Coffee and other caffeinated products have been shown to increase the frequency and severity of acid reflux symptoms. This often occurs when people consume a large cup of coffee right after their meals. Try drinking less coffee (decaffeinated coffee doesn’t always help) or switch to green or lemon tea.
Fruits can be tricky. While most of them are healthy snack or breakfast options, some acidic fruits can do more harm than good. Examples include apples, oranges, bananas, berries, peaches and papayas. Try consuming more alkaline (yet equally delicious) fruits like grapefruits, cantaloupes, nectarines, currants and watermelons. Switch processed fruit juices with fresh-pressed juices and vegetable juices.