Every healthy person knows that water is critical to any healthy diet. You should be drinking half your body weight in ounces each day. I weigh 180 lbs. so I should be drink 90 ounces of water per day (10 glasses).If you suffer from GERD, you should be drinking a full glass of water after every meal or snack. By drinking water, you allow a tight seal for your LES muscle which will keep stomach acids down.
Finish Food 2 Hours Before Sleeping
First off, you should only be eating meals as big as your clutched fist. Obviously, you will be eating 5-6 times a day so your body won’t notice a thing. Besides, humans are actually grazing creatures which mean we should eat small amounts throughout the day.You should also build the habit of chewing your food thoroughly. This will eliminate numerous flare-ups and will also help you lose weight. We’ve had numerous customers lose 10-40 lbs. on simply chewing their food thoroughly.
Eat Light Foods That Are Easy To Digest
Your body is miraculous and can almost heal every tissue in the body, including your LES and esophagus. You can do this by eating soft foods for 2-3 days to begin your natural treatment. By not scratching and helping digestion (by eating soft foods), you can give your LES and esophagus a chance to heal and strengthen.
Milk In The Diet
Dairy products such as milk contain fats, proteins and calcium, all of which can stimulate the stomach to excrete more acid. Avoid taking milk. Although milk has a soothing effect on acid reflux, it does make it worse when it hits your stomach.
Avoid Spicy Foods
Spicy and fried foods often trigger acid reflux. Fried foods and spicy foods are acidic by nature and therefore difficult to digest. Avoid taking fried or spicy foods.
Walking And Exercise
It has been proven that people who do regular aerobic exercise tend to have less acid reflux than those who don’t. Walking at a rapid pace for thirty minutes a day will do the job.
Yoga And Pranayama
Yoga helps to strengthen the muscles of the stomach. The breathing exercises especially Kapalbhati and Pranayama works mainly on the diaphragm and the stomach muscles, conditioning and strengthening it over time. In fact, just the breathing techniques would be enough to help a patient of hiatal hernia to not only cure reflux but also reduce the opening through which the upper portion of the stomach pushes upward towards the esophagus.