Foods that Stop Acid Reflux

Most of us have been in a position where acid reflux rears its ugly head and there is no antacid relief on hand. In situations like this it can be exceptionally helpful to know of foods that stop acid reflux. Whether you have been burned in the past by the side effects of antacid medications or are simply looking for a less conspicuous way to treat acid reflux, there is natural and tasty relief available! You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on the latest and greatest brand of antacid medication, nor do you have to carry around that massive bottle of chalky tablets. Take a look at the following yummy and convenient foods that stop acid reflux:

Fruit

You might not have considered fruit to be one of the foods that stop acid reflux, but indeed it is! Well, not all fruit. As a matter of fact, there are just a few specific types of fruit that must be used in order to properly treat heartburn without re-triggering the condition at a later time. A banana could be just the ticket to creating a balance within your stomach as well as soothing any throat irritation caused by acid. Just one banana should do it, although you may want to eat it slowly in order to avoid overfilling your stomach, which could in fact worsen an existing case of acid reflux. Pineapple and papaya juices are also quite effective, and many people would argue that they work faster in juice form because it coats and spreads much faster without having to be broken down in the stomach. There is no scientific proof supporting this idea but it is still a treatment worth trying, especially if you have some on hand when heartburn starts to attack. Avoid citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, and grapefruit at all costs, as these are quite likely to worsen or prolong heartburn symptoms.

Oranges can cause acid refluxImage: from Flickr

Oranges can cause acid reflux

Cheese, Yogurt, and Milk

For many, this is a favorite way to treat heartburn…mainly because it’s so scrumptious—but also because it works! Of all the foods that stop acid reflux, dairy products are probably the fastest acting because they are loaded with tons of acid-neutralizing calcium. Calcium rich roods also tend to have a long lasting effect against heartburn which means that you can have quick and ongoing relief from the symptoms of acid reflux. Calcium is a very powerful alkaline which is why most over the counter antacid medications contain high amounts of this mineral. To treat heartburn using your favorite dairy product, simply ensure that you eat or drink a decent portion of said food or drink. You should also make sure that the dairy good is fat free or at the very least low in fat. This is because fatty foods are one of the leading causes behind the development of heartburn and let’s face it, dairy foods are usually very high in fat. Full fat dairy may taste better to some, but it’s definitely a “no-no” for treating heartburn. Try to spring for a tub of low fat cottage cheese or a pint of skim milk when you’re at the store. It can’t hurt to have some on hand in case heartburn suddenly strikes. If you’re looking for something small to keep at the office, try a single-serving of fat free yogurt or individually wrapped cheese portions, such as Baby Bel or something similar to this.

Low Fat YogrutImage: from Flickr

Low Fat Yogrut

Homemade Tea

Homemade tea is yet another addition to our list of tasty foods that stop acid reflux, although this one requires a bit more preparation. Certain herbs serve as nature’s own remedy for general maladies. One such malady is acid reflux for which you have several herbs you can choose from! If you enjoy trying new hot beverages, then you should definitely give this remedy a try! First you will need to find an herbal supply store, such as an alternative or new age remedy shop. There are hundreds of tea and herbal supply stores online if you don’t mind making purchases over the internet.

There are a few different recipes that are specifically targeted towards heartburn relief. The first one we’re going to talk about requires anise seeds, peppermint leaves, and dried lavender. You can use equal amounts of each for ease of creation or you could use one portion of anise and peppermint to two portions of lavender. This will create a milder tea with less of the licorice-like anise taste. Simply boil the herbs in a pot of water for about ten minutes. This will allow plenty of time for the water to become well infused with the herbs. Use a fine-toothed strainer to remove the herbs from the liquid. Pour a serving into your favorite cup and sweeten with a bit of honey (optional). Drink up while it’s hot!

Other herbal teas that stop acid reflux include chamomile or a combination of chamomile and lavender. Chamomile tea is a very popular tea that you can purchase bagged and pre-mixed with other flavors. Be sure to steer clear of chamomile that has been infused with citrus fruits, cinnamon, or other spices that may irritate an existing case of heartburn. If you choose to purchase the tea in bag form, then just prepare it as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions. If you want to prepare it yourself then you simply follow the same directions as the previous recipe. Drop the chamomile (and lavender if you’re doing both) into a pot of boiling water and allow it to boil for about ten minutes. Strain the herbs from the liquid and sweeten with honey if desired. Again, drink this one slowly while it’s piping hot!

Sugar-Free Chewing Gum and Hard Candy

If you are a gum-chewer or candy fiend, then this one may be just the treatment for you! Gum and hard candy aren’t necessarily foods, as such, but they are quite effective and therefore have earned a spot on our list of foods that stop acid reflux. As you chew gum or suck on hard candy, it encourages the production and release of saliva which is routinely swallowed and sent down to the stomach. Believe it or not, saliva does actually have acid-neutralizing properties that can help soothe a mild case of acid reflux. Be sure to stick to the sugar-free variety of gum or candy if you choose this treatment, as sugared foods could exacerbate heartburn symptoms.

Conclusion

Now that you are armed with the knowledge of several foods that stop acid reflux you can start implementing them into your treatment routine. It’s always best to try one treatment at a time until you find the one that you like best.

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