Acid reflux is more commonly known as heartburn or acid indigestion. It is the burning sensation we feel in our chest or throat. (image source)
We all have acids in our stomach that helps us digest the food we eat. When the acids rise to our throats, that is when heartburn happens. Heartburn does not discriminate age. It can happen to anyone, especially to those who do not have a balanced diet. Nonetheless, with proper food intake, you could lessen the risk of having acid reflux.
Here are some food items that can help:
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that help with the burning sensation happening in your lower chest area. You can add grated or sliced ginger root to your smoothies or drink ginger tea for a happy mealtime.
Lean meats like chicken and turkey are low in fat, which could lower the risk of having acid reflux. Make sure your meats are properly cooked. Foods that are high in fat tend to decrease lower esophageal sphincter (LES) pressure and increasing the risk of reflux.
Avoid citrus food as they could contribute to reflux. However, eating melons, bananas, apples, and pears instead of orange and lemons can have beneficial results.
Oatmeal is made with whole grain and is an excellent source of fiber. Oatmeal has the power to absorb acid in the stomach to lessen the risk of having acid reflux.
Vegetables such as green beans, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, leafy greens, potatoes, and cucumbers are naturally low in fat and sugar and could help to balance the stomach acid.
Other helpful tips:
- Chew gum to increase saliva production that helps to reduce acid in the esophagus;
- Avoid drinking alcohol as it weakens the LES and trigger reflux symptoms;
- Sit straight and don’t go to bed immediately.
While eating, make sure to keep good posture, and avoid lying flat for a minimum of two hours after eating a meal as the process of digestion promotes an increased amount of acid in the stomach. Instead, stand and walk around to help gastric juices to flow in the right path.
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