Can the Right Diet Help Fight GERD?

How can your diet help prevent or relieve gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?  You may need to avoid certain foods and drinks that make your particular symptoms worse.  Some dietary changes that can help reduce your symptoms include decreasing fatty foods and eating small, frequent meals instead of three large meals.

Avoid eating or drinking the following items that may make GERD worse:

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Peppermint
  • Greasy or spicy foods
  • Tomatoes and tomato products
  • Alcoholic drinks

Eating healthy and balanced amounts of different types of foods is good for your overall health.  If you’re overweight or obese, talk with your doctor or a dietitian about dietary changes that can help you lose weight and decrease your GERD symptoms.

–Source:  National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases