A GERD diet is a heart-healthy eating plan that is designed to reduce symptoms of acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
The diet typically includes foods that are low in acid and fat, such as lean proteins, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables which are good for overall body and heart health.
In order to reduce symptoms and keep your heart healthy, it's important to stay away from trigger foods like spicy, fatty, or acidic foods.
Drinking plenty of water, and avoiding carbonated drinks, caffeine, and alcohol are recommended as these can increase symptoms and are risky to heart health.
Some food that is considered beneficial for a GERD diet and heart health include: (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine)
– Low-fat dairy products such as yogurt and milk – Whole-grain bread and cereals – Fruits such as bananas, melons, and berries – Vegetables such as cauliflower and leafy greens – Lean proteins such as chicken and fish
Raw onions and garlic, tomatoes, and chocolate. citrus fruits and juices should be avoided as they are known to increase GERD symptoms.
Foods with low pH are acidic and more likely to cause reflux. Foods with higher pH are alkaline and can help to balance strong stomach acid. (Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine)
Treatment for GERD frequently involves a combination of medication and lifestyle modifications.