1. Avoid tomatoes, dark chocolate, raw onions, fried food, mint teas, and red wine.
2. Drink demulcent teas such as slippery elm, marshmallow and licorice. Fennel tea is also good. Stay away from peppermint tea, which relaxes the esophagus and can actually contribute to reflux.
3. Drink carrot juice (1-2 cups/day). Carrots are alkaline-forming and anti-inflammatory and help many digestive problems.
4. Eat fresh papaya or take papaya enzymes.
5. Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
6. Take acidophilus or other probiotics, or drink kefir.
7. Drink other fresh vegetable juices such as cabbage, celery and even raw potato (leave skin on).
8. Avoid eating for at least 3 hours before bedtime.
9. Avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, which can aggravate heartburn.
10. Reduce carbonated beverages and caffeine.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are also great for reducing heartburn as they can resolve “Stomach Heat,” the most common Chinese diagnosis for heartburn and GERD.
Follow these guidelines for a month and see how much better you feel! You might even be able to eat a bowl of spaghetti bolognese again without worry.