Digestive juices in the stomach can be forced up into the esophagus, causing burning sensations and producing a characteristic acidic taste in the mouth. The condition is relatively common, and yet a few simple dietary precautions can help eliminate the problem in most cases.

Avoid acidic foods whenever possible: lemon, grapefruit and all non-ripe fruit, tomatoes, alcohol (in all its forms), coffee, chocolate, greasy or very spicy foods.

– Don’t overeat, and avoid fresh white bread, starchy foods, legumes and soft drinks.

– Avoid eating foods that are known to cause gastric acidity (strong fermented cheese, dried meat, raw vegetables containing a lot of fibre).

– Make sure to eat enough protein-rich, easily digestible foods during your main meal of the day (dairy products, minced meat, etc.).

These precautions will be all the more effective if you:

– chew your food properly;

– avoid eating food that is either too hot or too cold;

– don’t drink too much during meals;

– eat smaller amounts of food at each sitting;

– don’t go to bed immediately after eating;

– don’t wear overly tight clothing.

If these recommendations do not help, see your doctor or pharmacist – a number of medicines can help alleviate gastric acidity, although most will have some kind of unwanted side effect.

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