Anti-Reflux Diet Tips

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 Indications: In treatment of heartburn, esophagitis, hiatal hernia, and   gastroesophageal reflux disease


Recommended Foods:

Low-fat meat, chicken, fish, or turkey

All vegetables

Apples, berries, melons

Low-fat or fat-free milk, low-fat yogurt

Low-fat breads and cereals

Decaffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks)



Foods to Avoid:

Fatty/fried foods (fatty meats, bacon, sausage, cold cuts, chicken fat)

Whole (4%) milk

Citrus fruits or juices (grapefruit, orange, lemonade)

Pineapple juice

Tomato-based products

Chocolate, peppermint and spearmint


Creamed foods

Regular coffee

Carbonated beverages

Alcoholic beverages
Peppers and spicy foods


Helpful Tips which may Reduce Symptoms:

Avoid nicotine. Wear loose-fitting clothing

Avoid overeating and avoid large meals before lying down

Eat small frequent meals (5-6 per day rather than 3 large meals)

Avoid lying down within 2 hours of eating

Lose weight if you are overweight

Elevate head of bed 6 inches (bedblocks, phonebooks, bricks, not just pillows)


Dr Scott Levenson and Dr Roger Kao may recommend special diets for your condition: