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Foods That Reduce Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a common condition that people often refer to as heartburn that accounts for about 8.9 million clinical visits annually in the United States!

Dr. Michael Gregor

How to PREVENT acid reflux. Prevention is always better than treatment. Watch this video by Dr. Gregor to better understand how simple diet changes can help reduce or eliminate the need for medicine like Nexium or Prilosec.


Nexium, the brand name of esomeprazole, is a proton pump inhibitor that reduces stomach acid production. It is used to treat GERD, ulcers and other stomach acid-related conditions. Common Nexium side effects include headache and nausea. Serious side effects of Nexium include kidney damage and bone fractures. (source)


Prilosec (omeprazole) is a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) used to help treat heartburn (GERD), Prilosec blocks an enzyme that allows acid to be released from proton pumps in gastric cells. 

The main side effects of Prilosec in adults include Headache, Stomach pain, Nausea, Diarrhea, and Vomiting. (source)

Foods That May Cause Heartburn:

Foods commonly known to be heartburn triggers include:

  • Fried food

  • Pizza

  • Potato chips and processed snacks

  • Chili powder and pepper (white, black, cayenne)

  • Meat: beef, chicken, and fish

  • Processed meats

  • Cheese, eggs, and dairy products

  • Alcohol

Foods That Help Prevent Heartburn:

High-fiber foods

Fibrous foods make you feel full so you're less likely to overeat, which may contribute to heartburn. So, load up on healthy fiber from these foods:

  • Whole grains such as oatmeal, couscous and brown rice.

  • Root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots and beets.

  • Green vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli and green beans.

Dr. John McDougall

In this short 3 minute video, Dr. McDougall explains what GERD is and offers a few simple steps to help prevent or eliminate acid reflux without having to take medications. Click on the starch solution logo for additional nutrition ideas.

Starch Solution Course

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

- Hippocrates 400 BC

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