Gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia patients need to follow a diet that does not contain any of the foods that make GERD symptoms worse, explains Peoples Rx. These include chocolate, alcohol caffeinated beverages, spicy and fried foods, high-fat desserts, and acidic foods.
The diet should include nutrient-dense foods such as lean meats, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil, notes Peoples Rx.
Helpful acid-neutralizing herbs as well as herbs that support the integrity of the stomach and esophagus include liquorice root, slippery elm, and marshmallow root, according to Peoples Rx. Additionally, aloe vera juice has been shown to have a soothing effect on the lining of the esophagus and stomach, and it also aids in the reduction of stomach acid.