Eat To Beat Heartburn
Despite nixing the obvious triggers – fatty snacks, spicy foods, and alcohol – you still may get that fire in your chest, the result of stomach acid migrating up into the esophagus. Even healthy options like dairy can cause heartburn for some people. Here are some recommendations to tame the flames.
Papaya: Rich in papain, an enzyme that breaks down protein and speeds up digestion, a few slices of papaya after dinner can reduce stomach pain and inflammation.
Fruity Gum: When you chew gum, it stimulates the production of saliva, which neutralizes acidic foods in the stomach. Go for fruity flavors, since mint can exacerbate heartburn symptoms.
Fennel: Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effect, this veggie has been used medicinally for centuries. Fennel reduces stomach acid levels.
Oatmeal: Studies show that high-fiber foods like oatmeal lower your chances of heartburn because they spend a short time in your stomach. Plus, since it is low-fat and non-acidic, the breakfast staple is gentle on your stomach.