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Acid Reflux Foods to Avoid: Watch What You Eat.

Charlene loves all things home related and has a wide range of knowledge/skills learnt day-to-day as a caregiver, home-maker, mom and wife

"I would like to find a stew that will give me heartburn immediately, instead of at three o clock in the morning."-John Barrymore


Learning to avoid certain foods or eating less of those specific foods are the best ways to lessen the symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn. To understand the remedy is to better understand the cause, so let us discuss what is acid reflux and heartburn or also known as gastroesophageal reflux. These problems with the digestive system are similar to a heart attack, your chest and throat feel like it is on fire. Acid reflux has no preferences and anyone at any age can be affected. You must be diligent when it comes to your body, identify what is normal and what is not. Sometimes this disorder can lead to a more serious affliction that affects the respiratory system.

Avoiding food that causes reflux can minimize your symptoms but not take them away, consult a doctor to assess the extent of your acid reflux and prescribe meds to prevent additional problems. Though lately there is an alternative option available thanks to advancements in modern medicine, they have introduced a medical procedure that could permanently cure acid reflux fast and easily through surgery. It is a pricey treatment so if you are not one of the fortunate few who eat caviar on a regular basis then a more natural and cost-effective alternative is for you.


We all have been in a situation when you have partied too hard and had way too much to eat (gluttony being the key culprit) and it is most commonly the meal consumed in the very acid reflux foods to avoid. Then you feel that burning sensation that seems to push up from your stomach. The technical term for that is heartburn and for a large unlucky number of individuals that feeling is accompanied by the feeling of wanting to vomit as the regurgitated food moves up your esophagus, the technical term for this is acid reflux. So naturally, if you want to avoid acid reflux, you have to avoid highly acidic foods as well as fatty and also fried foods. That is most of the good stuff I know…. but if you are already an acid reflux sufferer then sacrificing these foods is a necessary evil because if consumed these foods could result in even graver symptoms to manifest that could, in turn, affect the respiratory system. Sadly, another food on the list of foods to avoid having reflux is chocolate, it is highly acidic as well and I think that would be the hardest to avoid especially for a chocoholic (like me that is why I usually suffer through the burn for the pleasure ha-ha).


It is important to make changes to your diet once you have been diagnosed with acid reflux and start eating healthier. You have to also cut citrus fruits and tomatoes out of your diet as well because they are way too acidic. Food containing spices such as garlic, onions, red or black pepper, and chili powder can cause symptoms to act up but ginger, which ironically is a spice as well, is a natural remedy that can alleviate heartburn. A few other culprits of acid reflux foods to avoid are veggies such as cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage, and broccoli. Let us elaborate on the fatty food examples that may cause a flare-up, junk foods like hamburgers and hotdogs. Caffeine is also a major contributor to acid reflux aside from chocolate; it is also found in teas, coffee, and sodas.


Another way to minimize acid reflux is to reduce your portions of food when you eat and help your stomach acids break down less food more effectively and also reduce the risk of regurgitation. It is quite tough to start eating less when you used to a certain portion of food, and anything less seems to somehow bring on the tummy grumbles. Hence when you start to shrink your portions you need to change gradually like someone being weaned off something highly addictive and once you do that, you inadvertently start shrinking your tummy. That means you will start to get fuller on fewer food portions which is an overall good idea for your health as a whole. Once you make the decision to change your way of eating, you change your lifestyle so you might as well also take up exercising too but that is a topic for another article.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Charlene Gallant


Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 21, 2021:

Hi Pamela...Thank you for taking the time to read my article. Yes, in my opinion, prevention is better than cure:)

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Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 21, 2021:

IHi Elaine...haven't tried Aloe yet thanks for that one and thank you for your interest.

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 21, 2021:

Hi Cynthia, Yes I know! chocolate is life#sob. Thank you for reading:)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2021:

This is a good article about acid reflux, Charlene. It is important to know what foods to avoid when you have this problem. Thanks for sharing.

Elaine Byers on June 21, 2021:

This is a great article! I have also read that Aloe Vera juice can help.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on June 21, 2021:

Hi there!

Good cautionary article! I have friends in my older age group who suffer with ongoing bouts of reflux. I hated the experience the times I have been there and am following your suggestions. Sadly, I believe GERD often kicks in as a "side effect" of many pharmaceuticals.

Pity about chocolate!

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on June 21, 2021:

Yes, it is unfortunate hey that all the foods we adore are the ones responsible for our discomfort:(I'm sorry you had to resort to hard meds but I am happy that avoiding those trigger foods helped you get off the meds. thank you E Randal for your interest in my article.

E Randall from United States on June 21, 2021:

Thank you for posting this, it is unfortunate that some foods that I really like cause acid reflux. What got me is that I was having a sore throat and not the burning that most people feel. I had no idea that it was reflux, I was on a proton pump inhibitor soon after. However, I got off of the medication by simply not eating the foods that give me the problem. Thanks for sharing this article, great read and great information, thanks.

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