June 30, 2011

Diet for Heartburn

Heartburn is something that strikes almost everyone at some point. It’s that terrible fiery feeling in the chest that’s too often followed by an acidic taste in the mouth and throat that can last for hours. Heartburn is a painful condition that occurs when stomach acid backs up to the esophagus. Fortunately, heartburn can be avoided by removing a few key foods from your diet that are known heartburn triggers. Incorporating other key foods like bananas and milk can also create a diet that is effective at combating heartburn.

Many fruits are the culprit in severe cases of heartburn. Strong citrus fruits are a classic cause of this painful condition. These foods include grapefruit, oranges and even orange juice and create a problem because they’re very acidic. When eaten on an empty stomach the problem is magnified. Many people also find the tomato fruit to be a major cause of their heartburn. Although tomatoes are nutritious and full of lycopene they’re also full of acid that can trigger painful heartburn.

Spicy foods are another culprit. If you want to avoid that fiery feeling in your chest it might help to skip Mexican food, as well as anything with hot peppers or chili in it. While heartburn triggers differ with everyone, spicy foods are a major cause and can be eliminated fairly easily. Introducing milder versions of favorite foods is an easy way to cut back on heartburn symptoms.

Garlic and onion also seem to trigger discomfort in many people. If you eat many meals with onion and garlic try balancing them with sweet potatoes, toast and broiled chicken, all of which can reduce the risk of heartburn after a meal.

Fortunately, there are many ways to change your diet to reduce heartburn completely. Many spices like mint, ginger and fennel can be added to tea or a meal to prevent heartburn after eating. A number of fruits can also relieve the condition by aiding in digestion and preventing the stomach from producing too much acid. Fruits like bananas, apples and papayas are very beneficial. Many vegetables can help as well, like cabbage, carrots and broccoli.

Even certain meats can help eliminate heartburn or prevent it completely. Because excess fat can worsen heartburn, all meat should be drained well before eating. Meats like lean ground beef and chicken breast with the skin removed are excellent at preventing heartburn.

Dairy is perhaps the best thing in a diet for heartburn prevention. Calcium can actually push acid into the stomach when consumed, eliminating it from the esophagus and relieving the pain. Calcium found in cream cheese, low-fat milks and yogurt is the best. Of course, individuals that are lactose-intolerant will need to find something that works for them.

Lastly, fiber can help alleviate heartburn because it prevents indigestion. Whole grain foods will give the acid in your stomach something to break down, preventing it from entering the esophagus completely.

The best way to learn how to eliminate heartburn from your life is to download the Reflux Remedy Report. This report details how to avoid this painful condition without the use of medication or antacids and has an excellent success rate. Visit refluxremedy.com for your report today!

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