Diet for Reducing Acid & Gas

Although you can experience acid reflux and gas separately, both of them occurring together indicate gastroesophageal reflux disease, says Harvard Medical School. GERD occurs when the muscles of the lower esophagus loosen slightly, allowing stomach acid or digestive juice to return to the esophagus after swallowing. Certain foods can trigger the esophagus to relax, worsening the acid and gas, while others can help soothe the burn.

Tomato sauces are a common acid culprit. (Image: Brand X Pictures/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Foods to Avoid

If GERD is the culprit of your acid and gas, avoid common trigger foods. According to Harvard Medical School, these include tomato sauces, chocolate, fried and fatty foods, citrus fruit, alcohol, peppermint, garlic, onions and carbonated beverages. If your main concern is just gas, modify your diet to exclude beans, vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages, high-fiber whole grains such as bran, milk and packaged foods that contain lactose. You should also limit sodas, fruit juices and drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup and foods that contain sugar alcohols like sorbitol. You can reintroduce foods slowly to determine which ones cause the most grief for your body.

Foods to Include

Certain foods can reduce the symptoms of acid reflux, according to the authors of "Dropping Acid: The Reflux Diet Cookbook & Cure." Add foods such as ginger root, fennel and parsley to your diet for some relief. When cooking your meals, choose low-fat proteins such as seafood and poultry, and pair it with salad and grains such as couscous or rice.

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