Barrets Esophagus: Treatment, Diet and Home Remedies

Food and Nutrition

Foods to be taken
  • Include foods rich in anti-oxidants like peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli.
  • Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating fish, walnuts, freshly ground flax seeds and soy foods.
  • Healthy foods such as whole grains and cereals, non-fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables, and poultry and fish.
  • Protein-rich vegetables, fruits, legumes, fish, eggs, almonds, help strengthen the muscles of the oesophageal valve.
  • Take liquid foods for easy digestion
Foods to be avoided
  • Specific foods such as caffeine, citrus juice, sodas, chocolate, fried foods, fatty foods, peppermints, tomato sauces, or alcohol may aggravate reflux.

Yoga and Exercise

Avoid exercises that require a reclining position like sit-ups and stomach crunches and people who exercise strenuously especially running, weight lifting, and, cycling, may worsen the symptoms.
Breathing exercises can be done to reduce symptoms:
Pranayama (Breath exercise) watch video online
Deep Breathing for Relaxation

Yoga asanas that promote good digestion and alleviate symptoms include:
  • Supta Baddha Konasana, or Reclining Bound-Angle pose
  • Supta Sukhasana, or Reclining Easy Cross-Legged pose
  • Parsvottanasana, or Intense Side-Stretch pose

Music and Meditation

Home Remedies

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals (Three meals a day, with small snacks in between)
  • Avoid tightfitting clothes
  • Eliminate heartburn trigger
  • Avoid stooping or bending
  • Wait at least three hours after eating to lie down or go to bed and the last meal of the day should be small.
  • Elevate the head of your bed by using blocks or foam wedges to reduce reflux while sleeping.
  • Don not smoke. Smoking may increase stomach acid
  • Rub your stomach with both hands (right under the sternum) with a little pressure. Move in a circular motion and reverse the direction alternatively. Do it before meals and relax your stomach muscle by practicing deep breathing at times.

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