One of the first things to consider is that certain foods move through your digestive system a lot faster than others. The longer it takes for what you’ve eaten to move out of your stomach and down into your lower intestines, the longer your stomach needs to produce acid in order to digest it.
While it’s true that your stomach is constantly producing acid, it produces more when there is food that needs to be taken care of.
Carbohydrates move through your system fastest, then proteins, then fats. The best thing to do is concentrate on fruits and vegetables. Apples are very good, as well as pears and bananas. Citrus fruit should be avoided though.
Vegetables like carrots, broccoli and baked potato should also be fine. Sweet potato is especially good.
The way the vegetables are cooked is also important. The best way to cook vegetables is to steam them, as this helps them remain tasty, as opposed to boiling them in water. With some vegetables, most of the good stuff gets washed out with the water.
What you don’t want to do is fry vegetables in oil or have creamed vegetables.
Simple meals to avoid acid reflux symptoms.
Something you might want to consider is not mixing too many different food types in one meal. The basic concept is if you have proteins and carbohydrates in one meal for instance, then your stomach has a problem seeing as both these food types require a different environment to be digested.
Proteins need an acidic stomach, primarily hydrochloric acid to be digested whereas carbohydrates don’t. The result is impaired digestion and food sitting in your stomach undigested and fermenting.
You would also want to avoid mixing proteins and fats, and especially as a heartburn or acid reflux sufferer you might want to skip these totally for a while.
How you eat can help avoid heartburn.
Eating small meals often as opposed to one or two large meals can make a difference, seeing as a full stomach makes it more difficult for your esophageal sphincter to close, which is the main reason why you have acid reflux.
Chewing food properly before it goes down your esophagus will lessen the amount of work your stomach has to do. It is also considered that saliva has a neutralizing effect on stomach acid.
Eat your last meal long before you go to sleep at night.
Drink lots of water. Water helps with digestion.