Reviewed by Michael Smith on March 05, 2012
Elaine Magee, RD, MPH, WebMD Heartburn Center, WebMD Medical Reference with Cleveland Clinic: Heartburn Basics , Is it Heartburn or is it GERD?, Lifestyle Changes to Manage Your Heartburn.
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Elaine Magee, RD, MPH: Let's start with the foods that you need to eliminate or reduce in your diet: Fried and fatty foods; drinks with caffeine; garlic and onions; peppermint and mint flavoring; citrus fruits; tomato products; chili and spices; and don't cry now … alcohol and chocolate.
Narrator: But can you really control these factors when you eat out? Elaine says yes, if you're willing to be a food detective.
Elaine & Waiter: Are you ready to order? Can I ask you a few questions first: Is this dish deep fried? Can it be steamed, grilled or broiled instead of fried? Can I have the sauce on the side? One last question: Can I substitute salad or streamed veggies instead of the french fries with this dish?
Narrator: Elaine has a few more tips: Eat early! You really need 3-4 hours to digest that food before lying down; avoid large portions that stuff your stomach; eat slowly - your brain needs time to register the fact that it's no longer hungry - and chew! Chewing encourages saliva, which bathes the esophagus and gives it a bit of protection. But remember, is these tips don't work ... visit your doctor. After all, you want to be able to enjoy all your Friday nights heartburn free. For WebMD, I'm Sandee LaMotte.