If you feel a burning pain in your chest, it’s probably heartburn, especially if the pain worsens when you lie down or bend over. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid builds up in the esophagus and is often related to eating and drinking certain types of foods. While heartburn can be very uncomfortable, some everyday foods can provide relief.
Bananas are a low-acid fruit that coats the esophageal lining. This coating can soothe irritation by acting as a protective film.
Oatmeal contains healthy fiber, which aids in digestion. Just like bananas, oatmeal also coats the esophageal lining and thus reduces irritation.
Ginger tea is a natural anti-inflammatory. You can either buy it over the counter, or cut or peel some ginger root and boil it in a small pot of water. After letting it steep, you’ll have excellent homemade tea, to which you can add some honey and lemon juice.
Drink almond milk either by itself or in a smoothie. The alkaline helps neutralize acids found in many foods.
Pure licorice provides a dual benefit for anyone experiencing heartburn. Like many of the other foods listed, it coats the esophageal lining. Additionally, the chewing action helps get rid of acid by making you salivate.
Leafy greens can work wonders when they aren’t paired with ranch dressing or cheese. Instead, steam your vegetables with olive oil and a little lemon, or use Italian dressing on your salad instead.
Chew fennel seeds throughout the day, or make your own fennel tea. To make the tea, put about two teaspoons of fennel in boiling water with a bit of honey. After the tea has steeped, strain it and put it in a large container for half an hour. Drink it right away or save some for later.
There are a number of green vegetables that are low in acid, like broccoli, green beans, asparagus, celery and cauliflower. Serve with non-acidic spices like basil and oregano, instead of spicy ones like black pepper or chili powder.
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