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Acid Reflux: What to Drink and What Not to Drink

Margaret Minnicks is a health-conscious person who researches the health benefits of foods and drinks.


Acid reflux is a chronic condition that affects millions of people. It occurs when acid from the stomach flows back into the esophagus. This is caused by eating spicy and acidic foods. It is also caused by drinking beverages that contain acid.

Acid reflux affects people in different ways depending on what they eat, drink, and their lifestyles. In order not to get acid reflux or to get rid of it, change what you eat, what you drink, and how you do certain things.

Symptoms You Have Acid Reflux

Common symptoms of acid reflux include things in the list below:

  • sour taste in the mouth
  • the feeling that something is caught in your throat it to itch
  • regurgitation
  • heartburn
  • chest pain
  • difficulty of swallowing
  • a sore throat
  • increased salivation
  • nausea
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • chronic coughs
  • hoarseness
  • burping
  • bad breath
  • wearing away of teeth

Beverages To Drink

Certain beverages, like foods, are culprits for acid reflux. Beverages, such as coffee, sodas, and acidic juices top the list of things not to drink. Here’s what people can drink to avoid suffering from acid reflux.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea can help reduce the production of stomach acid and soothe the stomach. Feel free to add a little honey as a sweetener to caffeine-free ginger tea.

Ginger tea is nothing like ginger ale. The soft drink is carbonated and may contain caffeine. Besides, ginger ale sodas do not contain enough ginger to have an effect to give relief to those with acid reflux.

Herbal Tea

Herbal teas help improve digestion and soothe many stomach problems. Caffeine-free herbal tea is ideal for acid reflux sufferers to drink. Avoid spearmint and peppermint teas. Mint triggers acid reflux in many people.


Low-fat or fat-free varieties of milk can help. Milk with fat can worsen symptoms of acid reflux. Almond milk is effective because it is alkaline and can neutralize acidity.

Plant-Based Milk

  • soy milk: is safe to drink; contains less fat than most dairy products
  • almond milk: an alkaline composition that neutralizes acidity
  • flax milk
  • cashew milk
  • coconut milk


When making a smoothie, look for the same low-acid fruits as you would for juices. Add green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and avocado. Add green grapes if you like.


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Plain water is always an excellent choice.

Coconut Water

Feel free to drink unsweetened coconut water because it is a good source of electrolytes such as potassium. Electrolytes promote pH balance in the body, which is necessary for controlling acid reflux.

Beverages Not To Drink

For some people, acute reflux may be triggered by certain beverages that irritate the esophagus or weaken the lower esophageal sphincter. Triggers drinks may include:


Alcohol relaxes the valve between the stomach and the food pipe. That stimulates the stomach to produce more acid.

Carbonated Beverages

The bubbles you see in carbonated beverages expand in the stomach and puts pressure on the sphincter. This pushes stomach acid back into the food pipe.

Caffeinated Beverages

Coffee, tea, and sodas contain caffeine that leads to acid reflux in those who consume those beverages. Minimize the symptoms of acid reflux by consuming decaffeinated beverages.


Chocolate contains both caffeine and cocoa that trigger symptoms of acid reflux. Therefore, avoid hot cocoa and chocolate milk.

Citrus Fruit Juice

Citrus drinks, apple juice, and pineapple juice are very acidic and may cause acid reflux.

Vegetable Juice

Tomato juice is highly acidic.

Best Drinking Practices

Here are some effective tips for reducing acid reflux.

  • Drink throughout the day to stay hydrated instead of drinking a large amount at one time.
  • Avoid coming beverages late at night.
  • Stay in an upright position after drinking.
  • Don't drink carbonated beverages.
  • Abstain from drinking sparkling waters.
  • Drink regular water.


Many medications are available over the counter (OTC) for acid reflux. Antacids are available to neutralize stomach acid, such as Gaviscon, Rolaids, and Tums. Since they are only about 10 percent effective, they can be used alongside any proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to increase the percentage of effectiveness.

H-2-receptor blockers decrease acid production in the stomach for up to 12 hours


Lifestyle Changes

No matter what you eat, drink, or medications you take, acid reflux can be controlled or eliminated quicker with some simple lifestyle changes. Try giving up alcoholic drinks, carbonated drinks, and coffee. Also, stop smoking will be a tremendous help.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on April 20, 2021:

Sp Greaney, I agree with you that the best way is to stay away from foods and drinks that trigger acid reflux.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 20, 2021:

I think we all get this every now and again. I didn't know that herbal and ginger tea would help with it. But I think the best solution is to stay away from any foods or drinks that trigger it.

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