DIET TIPS TO PREVENT HEARTBURN

Making changes to your diet can help prevent or relieve heartburn. By learning to make substitutions for common trigger foods as well as simple changes to your eating habits, you can get back to enjoying your meals. After all, every meal and the company around the table should be worth enjoying.

Foods that trigger heartburn

MOST COMMON FOOD TRIGGERS

Here are the most common foods to avoid that may trigger heartburn. Should we say sorry now?

  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Raw onions
  • Mints
  • Vinegar
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Citrus fruits or juices
  • Spicy foods
  • Ketchup and mustard
  • Tomatoes and tomato sauces

MAKE CHANGES TO WHAT YOU EAT

Avoid fatty foods

Opt for lean meats, poultry, fish, or other protein sources; and choose dishes that aren’t fried, greasy, buttery, or heavy in creamy sauces.

Get sauces on the side

When eating out, you can control fat and calories by asking for sauces on the side. Plus, simple condiments like ketchup, mustard, and some dressings might trigger heartburn, so why not get them separate?

Add flavor with herbs

Herbs are a great way to add flavor to your food and replace the triggers in your diet. Try basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, or cilantro.

Add more fiber to your diet

Fiber helps optimize your digestion, which in turn can assist in avoiding constipation. You can get fiber from whole grains, fruits, beans and legumes.

SUBSTITUTE FOODS THAT TRIGGER HEARTBURN

TRY

Baked, boiled or grilled
Salad
Water
Broth based sauces
Fruit flavored candy or gum

INSTEAD OF

Fried
Fries
Caffeinated sodas or citrus juices
Tomato based sauces
Chocolate

MAKE CHANGES TO HOW YOU EAT

Eat small or regular portions

Skip the Doubles, Triples, and Larges in favor of regular-size items. Think about how a triple-size burger means more calories and more fat, and is bound to set your heartburn aflame.

Smaller, more frequent meals are better

Instead of 3 large meals, eat smaller meals, more frequently. Not only does this put less pressure on your digestive system, but some people find this helps ease their heartburn.

Eat slowly and take time to chew

Relax and enjoy your meal! Eating slowly and taking time to chew your food gives your body time to properly begin digestion. And it means your stomach doesn’t have to work as hard to break down what you’ve eaten.

Don’t overeat

Eating till you’re “stuffed” triggers heartburn. If that means sharing large portions with family and friends, then all the better!

Keep track of what might be causing your heartburn

Knowing what might be causing your heartburn is a huge help, so that you can either avoid those foods or make simple substitutes when you don’t want to deal with heartburn.

For the times when heartburn triggers just can’t be avoided, an over the counter acid reducer can help. PEPCID® works fast to relieve heartburn and controls acid all day or all night.* If taken 15 to 60 minutes before a meal, it can even help to prevent heartburn.