Reflux Diet: Focus On The Right Foods

The aim of diet for reflux is to irritate the stomach as little as possible with food and drink so that no excess gastric acid is produced. Which foods are suitable and what should you avoid?

The diet for reflux is designed for foods that produce little stomach acid and thereby alleviate the symptoms. Because with reflux (“backflow”), aggressive gastric acid gets into the esophagus, usually because the upper sphincter muscle on the stomach is too weak.

Reflux patients suffer from heartburn, pain, cough, hoarseness, or nausea. If the esophagus becomes inflamed, esophagitis (reflux esophagitis) occurs. Diet also plays an important role in reflux disease without heartburn (the so-called “silent reflux”), as it is easy on the stomach.

What else is important when it comes to eating with reflux?

To alleviate the reflux symptoms, not only the choice of food is decisive, but also certain lifestyle habits:

  • Eat several small portions throughout the day instead of a few large ones.
  • The last meal should be two to three hours before bedtime.
  • Drink at least two to two and a half liters of still water or unsweetened herbal tea per day.
  • Avoid very hot drinks, lots of coffee, and black tea.
  • Drink little to no alcohol.
  • Refrain from nicotine.
  • Normalize your body weight.
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Written by Allison Turner

I am a Registered Dietitian with 7+ years of experience in supporting many facets of nutrition, including but not limited to nutrition communications, nutrition marketing, content creation, corporate wellness, clinical nutrition, food service, community nutrition, and food and beverage development. I provide relevant, on-trend, and science-based expertise on a wide range of nutrition topics such as nutrition content development, recipe development and analysis, new product launch execution, food and nutrition media relations, and serve as a nutrition expert on behalf of a brand.

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