If you suffer from heartburn on a regular basis, you’ll know how painful and incapacitating it can be.
Thankfully, there are ways that you can minimise the frequency of your attacks and one of the best is to avoid certain trigger foods known to aggravate heartburn.
To help, here are the top ten to avoid:
It doesn’t matter if your preference is dark, milk or white, the bad news for chocolate lovers is that it’s one of the many well-known triggers of heartburn.
2. Fried food
Fried food is one of the leading causes of heartburn so do your oesophagus and your waistline a favour and give it a miss.
Unfortunately, it’s not just cheese but all dairy products with a high fat content which can trigger heartburn. If you suffer from regular episodes after digging into a cheese board or slavering your toast with butter, try to find low fat alternatives.
4. Fatty meat
Fatty cuts of meat like pork, beef and lamb sit in your stomach for longer, increasing the chances of acid reflux. Try going for a leaner cut instead or only have meat once or twice a week.
As alcohol relaxes your oesophageal sphincter it allows the acid from your stomach to come into contact with the lining of your oesophagus. Red wine and beer are especially bad so avoid them when possible.
Although tomatoes are very good for you on the whole, if you suffer from heartburn then the high acid content of the tomato can upset the balance of your stomach, causing reflux.
One cup a day won’t do you any harm but if you sit swigging caffeine from morning till night you could start to see an increase in the frequency of heartburn attacks.
8. Carbonated drinks
Both the high acid content and the bubbles contained in carbonated drinks can aggravate heartburn so stick to water for a healthier option.
9. Spicy food
Spicy food affects the levels of acid in your stomach so many people find that it can induce an episode of heartburn. Some people also report that it can calm heartburn so you’ll just have to try a few chillies and see for yourself.
The acid contained in citrus fruits can play havoc with heartburn. If you suffer from attacks on a regular basis try cutting oranges, lemons and grapefruit out of your diet.
Although heartburn has a lot of everyday causes and triggers, it can occasionally be a sign of something more serious. If you’re worried, then you need to seek expert help and advice. Members of a quality healthcare services provider like benenden health can request help from their provider.