GERD and Diet
People who have GERD can often improve their symptoms through dietary modification. Certain foods can trigger acid reflux, while others can help prevent it.
In general, spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine, trigger GERD symptoms for many people. However, food triggers can also be highly individual, and are often influenced by how much you eat of a particular food just as much as whether you eat the food at all.
One useful way to determine what foods act as GERD triggers is to keep a food journal. This involves writing down what foods you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat. Then, note down when you experience GERD symptoms, and try to determine if there are any specific foods that are triggering your symptoms.
Once you are familiar with the foods to avoid and foods to include, it's much easier to create your own diet for severe GERD. You can even personalize the diet with your own likes and dislikes, so that you can create a food guide that helps improve your symptoms, and still includes foods you enjoy.