Acid reflux and heartburn occur when stomach acid backflows into your esophagus, irritating the lining. You might experience this condition occasionally, but if you deal with it on a continual basis you may suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Whether you endure the periodic bout of acid reflux or heartburn, or you have GERD, eating certain foods can help minimize the acid.
If you already feel the familiar burning of acid in your chest or throat, drink a glass of milk. This will give you immediate relief from heartburn or acid reflux, according to Revolution Health. Also try drinking milk with your breakfast to help reduce episodes of stomach acid backing up throughout the rest of your day.
As a preemptive strike against heartburn or acid reflux, drink a glass of water at the end of each meal. The water dilutes the acid in your stomach while washing back any acid that already may be rising in your esophagus.
You can also chew sugarless gum after your meals to prevent acid from backing up into your esophagus. Chew for approximately 30 minutes. The gum increases saliva production which, like water, dilutes the acid in your stomach and gets rid of any acid already in your esophagus. However, avoid peppermint flavored gum since peppermint will actually trigger heartburn and acid reflux, according to webmd.com.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Take apple cider vinegar to alleviate an acute case of acid reflux or prevent such as case. To get rid of the burning sensation, drink 2 or 3 tbsp. of straight apple cider vinegar. If you want to prevent an attack, mix 2 or 3 tbsp. into warm water and drink.
Juices and Teas
Some juices and teas relieve heartburn and acid reflux symptoms. Make a cup of chamomile or fennel tea. Be sure it’s not too hot or too cold. Sip slowly. If you’re not a fan of tea, try drinking a glass aloe juice.
Food High in Fiber
A diet full of foods high in fiber helps reduce acid reflux symptoms. High fiber foods include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds. Try eating a high-fiber cereal for breakfast, snacking on fresh fruit, using whole wheat bread for your sandwich — and eating vegetables with your dinner to reduce or prevent stomach acid issues.
References and ResourcesRevolution Health: Top 10 Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux
Mayo Clinic: GERD
Web MD: 11 Meal Planning Tips to Prevent Heartburn