Good, bad foods for Heartburn sufferers

By Lauren Sweeney, Special Projects Producer, lsweeney@clickorlando.com
Published On: Jan 03 2014 02:23:31 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 03 2014 03:09:52 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

Millions of Americans have problems with heartburn and what's known as gastrointestinal reflux disease, or GERD. 

Certain foods can either aggravate or alleviate this problem.

Dr. James Rosser, a surgeon at Celebration Health, detailed these foods in an article for the hospital's website.

Rosser said that lifestyle changes along with diet can help combat the problem.

Good Food

  • Grilled and baked meat
  • All veggies
  • Breads, rice, oatmeal
  • Alkaline water, soy and coconut milk
  • Melons
  • Bananas
  • Ginger
  • Chamomile tea
  • Manuka honey

Bad Food

  • Alcohol
  • Corrosive C’s
    • Caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Carbonated and Citrus beverages
    • Canned Foods
  • Whopper Woes
    • Onions
    • Raw tomatoes
    • Breath mints
  • Garlic

"It should be remembered that it is not just what you eat that can be important but when you eat," said Rosser. 

He recommends trying to eat lighter meals in the evening and limiting consuming large amounts of food near bedtime.

Other lifestyle changes including sleeping on multiple pillows, combating weight loss, staying away from tight-fitting clothes, and decreasing smoking.

Read the full story here.

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