The GERD Diet is a diet designed to help relieve symptoms of GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

Principles of the Gerd Diet

GERD is a condition where there is a back flow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus. This acid can irritate and sometimes damage the lining of the esophagus. While almost anyone can experience this type of reflex on occasions – usually as heartburn – some people have this condition on a frequent and/or severe basis.

The main symptoms of GERD are heartburn, which is an uncomfortable burning sensation behind the breastbone. There is also regurgitation of acid in the mouth, difficult and/or painful swallowing and chest pain. The acid can also cause a sore throat and hoarseness.

What are you allowed to eat on the Gerd Diet

The following are recommended on the GERD Diet

  • Rice
  • Whole grains – such at wholemeal bread
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Lean meat – such as poultry, seafood, lean red meat

What is forbidden on the Gerd Diet

The following should be avoided on the GERD Diet

  • Fatty foods – such as junk food and fast food
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Drinks containing caffeine – such as coffee and tea

The Gerd Diet Pros and Cons

The GERD Diet is a healthy, well-balanced diet tries to remove well-known triggers of GERD. It recommends eating smaller, but more frequent meals to lower the workload on the stomach and therefore reduce acid production.

The GERD Diet also recommends other methods of reducing the frequency and severity of GERD. For instance, it advises you to maintain an upright position at least 45mins after eating, and elevating the head of your bed about 6-8 inches when lying down.

The GERD Diet can be difficult initially, due to some of its restrictions. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, for instance, you may have caffeine withdrawals initially. However, these withdrawals are short-term and the GERD Diet is easy to maintain once you have adjusted.

Daily and Weekly Plans

There are no daily or weekly plans for the GERD Diet. The GERD Diet is tailored to fit the needs of the individual.

Expected Weight Loss

There are no reports on weight loss with the GERD Diet.

The Gerd Diet Rating:

Ease: 5/5 – Can be difficult for coffee drinkers, but can be easy afterwards.

Balance: 5/5 – A good and balanced diet.

Maintenance: 5/5 – Easy to maintain due to its flexibility.

Overall: 5/5