Heartburn or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux) occurs when acid from the stomach splashes or refluxes back up into the esophagus.
Acid overproduction can lead to ulcers. Avoiding foods that stimulate acid production and foods that decrease the muscle
sphincter tone around the esophagus can help alleviate this problem. If you are overweight, losing weight
will help. Eat small meals. If your symptoms are mostly at night, avoid eating within 2 hours of going to sleep.
Elevate the head of your bed.
Avoid the following foods:
Spearmint and peppermint
and tea (regular and decaf)
Soda and other carbonated beverages
Orange juice and grapefruit juice
tomato juice and tomato based sauces
Spicy foods, onions, garlic, pepper
Vinegar and mustard
(includes Excedrin and alka-seltzer) unless directed by Dr. Shanblatt
Anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen, motrin, advil,
naproxen, midol, aleve)