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Heartburn Remedies – Foods that provide Relief

June 4th, 2011

Heartburn can make you feel miserable and helpless. Numerous antacids and medicines are available over the counter that should relieve the pain, but you can also try eating certain foods for relief. Heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is caused by stomach acid which irritates the stomach and parts of the esophagus. Consuming foods which neutralize the acid and improve digestion can decrease the severity of these symptoms.

If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), how you eat is almost as important as what you eat. That means slow it down, no late-night snacks, and don’t hit the hay right after meals. But choosing food wisely is extremely important.

You can curb your GERD by opting for a low-fat, high-fiber diet that’s heavy on whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean meats. Listen to your body and try the following GERD-soothing foods.

Calcium-Rich Vegetables

Calcium is a common component in antacids. It neutralizes the acidic protons in the stomach which irritate the lining of the esophagus, according to a 2004 study by the Oklahoma Foundation for Digestive Research, published in the journal “Digestive Diseases and Science.” Spinach and broccoli are calcium-dense vegetables which can combat this acid. You can also snack on almonds or use tofu in your next meal to incorporate calcium into your diet and reduce the acidity in your stomach.

Non-Citrus Fruits and Berries

Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons will increase acidity and simultaneously increase your heartburn. Avoid these fruits and consume apples and strawberries instead. These fruits are full of fiber, which enhances digestion, and can reduce the overload of acid caused by indigestion. Applesauce is a favorite remedy, because the texture is also soothing to the esophagus, according the National Heartburn Alliance.

Oatmeal

According to the Veterans Health Administration, research shows that foods high in fiber can result in less heartburn. Oatmeal and other whole grains are full of calcium and fiber. Therefore, you can neutralize the acid and improve digestion in one simple dish. Top it off with sliced bananas, which are thought to fight stomach acid naturally.

 

 

Milk or Cheese

A cold glass of milk can soothe the burning sensation of heartburn. Because of its basic nature and calcium content, milk can neutralize the acid in the stomach. Cheese or other dairy products such as yogurt will offer the same benefits. However, if you are lactose-intolerant, be careful. Dairy may provide instant relief from the burning, but will most likely enhance the heartburn due to indigestion.

 

Ginger

Fresh ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and is an age-old remedy for stomach problems of all kinds. You can get your daily dose—2 to 4 grams (more than that can actually cause heartburn)—by steeping ginger in hot water to make tea, chewing a piece of ginger, or using ginger generously when you cook.

 

 

 

Beans

Certain fatty meats, such as ground beef, are thought to trigger heartburn. Beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber and a great alternative to meat. If you have GERD, they should be a regular feature in your diet.

 

So there you have it. Foods that can help temporarily fight off heartburn. Unfortunately these are only temporary remedies and the cause of heartburn needs to be determined and treated or else the cycle will continue. The “Heartburn No More” Program has helped many people to get rid of heartburn for good. It can provide you with an effective and fast working home remedy for heartburn for getting rid of the pain once and for all.

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