Heartburn, pain, unpleasant sensation in the esophagus and a bitter taste in the mouth – if you experience these symptoms frequently, you are confronting gastric reflux. The first thing you have to do to ameliorate your condition is to stop eating food that provokes it. Besides, you need to consume food that soothes the symptoms and keeps reflux under control.
Milk, yogurt and cheese don’t contain much acid that may aggravate heartburns. Those persons who suffer from reflux should consume dairy products every day. There is a single restriction: low fat versions should be choses such as fat-free milk, light yogurt and cottage cheese. There are some opinions, however, that contradict the above advice, sustaining that overconsumption of milk may raise the acidity of stomach fluids and cause even more serious problems.
With the exception of tomatoes and onions, all other vegetables have a low acid content. As long as you consume them raw or boiled, they can help ameliorate the symptoms of gastric reflux. When making a salad, avoid dressings containing too much vinegar or fat sour cream. The best vegetables for you are broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, cabbage, fennel and baked potatoes. Don’t forget to add celery or parsley leaves, both beneficial to the digestive system.
The biggest interdiction is the citrus family, as these fruits may cause an even worse irritation in the esophagus. Other than these, almost every other fruit is permitted, especially apples, bananas, peaches, pears, berries and melons.