Five Trigger Foods for Acid Reflux

By Dr. Richard Nass, M.D.
January 05, 2015
Category: ENT Health
Tags: acid reflux  

Acid reflux is a condition that causes the fluids in your stomach to regurgitate into your throat and mouth. The condition can become more problematic over time if you don't seek treatment or make certain dietary modifications. Take note of these five trigger foods for acid reflux that you should avoid until your next appointment with Manhattan ENT Dr. Richard Nass, M.D.

Garlic
If you have a persistent problem with acid reflux, check your garlic intake. Garlic is an ingredient that shows up in so many dishes that we may not even realize when we’re eating it. For instance, shrimp scampi and many savory soups contain lots of garlic. This could be the reason for your symptoms.

Caffeinated Coffee & OJ
Chances are that your list of favorite morning beverages includes either caffeinated coffee or orange juice, but unfortunately both of these drinks are bad news for acid reflux sufferers. Both of these drinks are high in acid content, which agitates your system and causes reflux. Try drinking a healthy smoothie fully of vegetables and high alkaline fruits for breakfast instead. Consult Manhattan ENT Dr. Nass for specific dietary suggestions. 

Fried Foods
Avoid fried food at all costs if you’re having complications related to acid reflux. Deep fried foods like French fries, fried chicken and fried hush puppies are the biggest culprits due to their high fat content. Instead of frying your favorite foods, put them in an oven-safe dish and bake them instead.

Alcoholic Beverages 
Drinking beer, liquor and wine on a regular basis can also cause your reflux to flare up. Researchers say that drinking alcohol can cause the valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach to relax and open more readily, which makes it easier for stomach acids to regurgitate. Abstain from drinking or minimize your consumption to see improvements in your symptoms in advance of your appointment with Manhattan ENT Dr. Nass.

Tomato Sauce
You may love Italian food, like pizza and meat sauce, but your stomach and digestive system might not. Tomato sauce and tomatoes are a common trigger food for people with acid reflux as they are very acidic. If you’re going to eat a tomato-rich meal, eat plenty of alkaline foods to balance the effects (like green leafy vegetables). You can also try drinking a small mixture of baking soda, apple cider vinegar and water to calm your stomach acids.

Schedule an Acid Reflux Consult Today
Treatments and medications are available that can also help ease your acid reflux symptoms if avoiding these foods isn't helping. Contact Manhattan ENT Dr. Richard Nass, M.D. today via his website at http://www.drrichardnass.com or by calling (212) 734-4515 to speak with one of his friendly staff members.

Comments: