Top 10 Food Triggers of Acid Reflux Symptoms

Are you trying to get a handle on your acid reflux without resorting to the medicine cabinet?

That’s great, because we know that acid blocking medications have some serious long-term effects.

If you’re confused about which foods are really  triggering your symptoms there’s a good reason for that. Different studies point to different food triggers because there are three primary causes of acid reflux.

Here’s a list of common food triggers broken down into categories based on the underlying cause.

 First Group – damaged lining

These foods will trigger acid reflux symptoms in people who have damage to the mucus lining of their stomach. The mucus lining normally protects the more delicate tissue underneath and can be damaged by smoking, poor diet, medications and stress.

  1. Citrus fruits
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Vinegar
  4. Spicy Foods

 Second Group – L.E.S.

This group of foods can trigger acid reflux by causing relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) so that stomach acid doesn’t stay in the stomach. Dr. Jonathan E. Aviv, on the Dr. Oz blog, also points to these triggering foods.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Coffee and other caffeine containing beverages
  3. Peppermint

 Third Group – gallbladder

These fatty, heavy foods create extra work for your gallbladder. If your gallbladder is not functioning well these foods will trigger symptoms of heartburn YEARS before being diagnosed with a gallbladder issue.

  1. Fried foods
  2. Creamy, rich foods and sauces
  3. Fatty meat products, especially when they are not normally included in the diet


If you have heartburn that is not triggered by ANY of the foods listed above then it is time to rule out food allergies or intolerances. Food allergies are best discovered through an IgG blood test, NOT a skin test. One of the most over-looked food sensitivities is Gluten Intolerance.

Dr. Marina Rose has helped people with acid reflux symptoms and other challenging, chronic health conditions in and around the city Los Altos, CA.

If you want to learn more about how to get to the bottom of your heartburn or acid reflux click the button below.  Dr. Rose developed the Nutritional Profile Quiz to help you learn more about what your underlying digestive issues are.


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