The Reflux Diet - Smart and Delicious Food Choices for Digestive Wellness

Diet is perhaps the most obvious daily routine which can impact reflux and GERD positively or negatively. Almost everyone has experienced heartburn after eating certain foods; particularly rich, fried or sugary foods are common triggers. However, how food is prepared is even more important than what you eat. For example:

  • Greasy French fries are a known bad guy but did you know that raw potato juice is actually a remedy which stops reflux and even treats stomach ulcers...! Maybe raw potato juice isn't the most appetizing prospect after a deliciously rich meal but there are plenty of other tasty remedies that do the job even more effectively than potato juice.
  • The way you fry foods can also make a big difference. If you use the right kind of oils at the right temperature even known problem foods can be much less likely to trigger a problem.

How and when you eat are also at least as important as the foods themselves. Eating meals which are too large, eating too quickly or under stress and not allowing food to digest, or not chewing the food properly can all lead to reflux symptoms. Grilled, boiled or raw foods are generally better then fried. Eating right before going to bed is an invitation for trouble as food can reflux back up the esophagus without the force of gravity to assist its downward passage. Many people eat late at night because of work and family pressures and this reflux trigger may be hard to avoid. However, those following of the Reflux Defense System method using the suggested natural remedies, should be able to diminish if not completely eliminate reflux even if circumstances force them to eat the wrong things or at the wrong times.

With regards to the actual foods which help or hinder recovery, prescriptive reflux diets often detail food do and don'ts in detailed lists that can be hundreds of items in length. While lists can be helpful, they also can be hard to remember and unless we are doing all the shopping and cooking, we cannot always control the menu. Therefore it is important to have some general guidelines to better understand which appetites and food cravings are appropriate to digestive health. The Reflux Defense System outlines foods according to the following framework:

  • Acidic vs. Alkaline Foods
  • Inflammatory vs. Anti-Inflammatory Foods
  • Carbohydrates: Right and Wrong Types
  • Fiber: Soluble and Insoluble
  • Fats: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • Raw and Cooked Foods

We'll also explore the fact and fiction on foods that trigger reflux and those which really don't but have just gotten a bad rap. Once you start practicing the Reflux Defense System you'll find that many of the foods that you once enjoyed but "strike fear into your heart" can now come back onto the menu. We'll even provide you with a dozen recipes to get you started! Bon Appetit.