There are certain foods that can bring discomfort, especially if we know we are sensitive to certain types, textures or flavors, or have a tendency to chow down real fast, without digesting well. Thus, eating foods and drinks that prevent acid refluxcan help decrease the chances of heartburn, indigestion, pain, nausea, and any other discomfort that can arise. It’s also worth noting which foods should be avoided to prevent acid reflux, as effects from these triggers can last hours and be quite damaging to our productivity and wellbeing.
As a certified health coach, I work with clients on having healthy digestion, and with this, we usually discuss eating slower in order to be more mindful and to ease the digestive process, without overwhelming the body with large amounts of protein, acid, and other substances that it then must try and help pass within the body. Such overwhelm can delay the digestive process and cause symptoms of acid reflux, such as heartburn and indigestion, as well as a bad taste in the mouth, trouble breathing, and scratchiness, according to experts at WebMD. Thus, it’s best to be cautious and avoid when possible. Here are 11 foods and drinks that can help prevent acid reflux and should be added to the diet.
Playing off of that last one, oatmeal on its own is a great staple in a low-acid diet and in preventing reflux, according to Roland. Roland says that oatmeal is packed with great fiber and grains that are not very acidic and can go down real easy and keep you full for hours to come. However, check labels, Roland advises, as it’s important to find brands that are unprocessed grains, rather than refined, which lack fiber content.
3. Fruity/Flavored Gum
According to Jamie Koufman, MD, Jordan Stern, MD, and French master chef Marc Bauer, over interview with Health, ginger is a lauded anti-inflammatory and can help prevent acid reflux post-meal. Eat plain or toss into a veggie dish with a meal. You can also toss some in a juice, water, or smoothie, and take a few sips after eating to help alleviate any acid reflux issues.
According to Robynne Chutkan, a gastroenterologist in Washington, DC, and author of Gutbliss in interview with Prevention, drinking almond milk can get rid of acid reflux and help prevent it from occurring due to its key nutrients and ability to alkalinize the body and allow it to thrive in a proper state. Drink plain or add to smoothies after a meal.