10 Heartburn Trigger Foods

10. Sodas

Carbonated soft drinks are a known culprit of acid reflux issues. One study revealed that out of 15,000 people who consumed soda 25% had acid reflux, especially at nighttime. The subjects were experiencing symptoms for more than two nights per month. The carbonation in soda increases stomach distention. Increased distension in the stomach causes acid reflux by forcing stomach acid into the esophagus.

To reduce your risk of GERD you should avoid the above-mentioned foods as much as possible. Most physicians recommend you make lifestyle changes to prevent acid reflux by following a healthy diet, limiting fat intake, avoid smoking, reviewing your existing medications, stay fit through exercise, eating smaller meals frequently, and lower your BMI. You should always sit up straight while eating and avoid lying down immediately after a meal. Create a journal documenting trigger foods including caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, foods high in fat, full-fat milk, soft drinks, tomatoes, lemons, and other citrus fruit. Instead, focus on foods that contain a lot of fiber, legumes, olive oil, and vegetables. Substituting water for soft drinks will also make a big difference. Indigestion and acid reflux is extremely common during pregnancy due to the baby pressing up against the stomach as well as hormonal changes.

You can reduce the symptoms of acid reflux by using antacids, histamine-2 blockers, proton-pump inhibitors, and lifestyle changes. Antacids work by neutralizing the acid content in your stomach. Antacids contain magnesium trisilicate, magnesium carbonate, and aluminum hydroxide. You can take an antacid in either tablet or liquid form. Many brands of antacids contain alginates that help protect the lining of the esophagus. Antacids can help reduce the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion and inflammation. Proton pump inhibitors and H2 blockers are more effective than antacids by reducing the amount of stomach acid. Antacids are commonly used for a quick relief of symptoms but will not reduce the production stomach acid.