What to Eat When You Have Heartburn

Different foods affect everyone uniquely. When it comes to controlling heartburn, these ingredients have worked wonders to regulate an acidic stomach
Heartburn

Heartburn, or the burning feeling at the top of your stomach is one of the biggest motivators to see the doctor in the 21st century. This pain usually comes after eating, especially after large meals.

It can be called a modern infirmity. This isn’t because it’s a modern phenomenon, it’s because we suffer from it more with each passing day.

In this article, we want to share what to eat when you have heartburn.

What causes stomach acid?

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Heartburn, sometimes called pyrosis by doctors, is a feeling of burning or pain in your esophagus. It primarily happens in lower areas near your stomach. Heartburn is brought on by the regurgitation of gastric acid.

The burning starts in your chest. In some cases, it can reach your neck, jaw, or tongue.

The main causes of excess stomach acid are:

  • Stress, worry, or a fast paced life
  • Diets rich in saturated fats
  • Eating too much processed or refined carbohydrates
  • Eating quickly without chewing properly
  • Skipping meals (this alters your digestive rhythm)
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Being sedentary
  • Not sleeping enough
  • The bacteria Helicobacter pylori

As you can see, many of the causes of acid are based on our lifestyles.

We can change this problem, and even avoid more serious conditions like ulcers and gastritis. All we have to do is change some of our daily habits.

Foods that calm heartburn

Having acid can be very annoying. It may even keep us from doing activities we normally like to do.

Granted, we don’t always feel like eating when we have heartburn. However, here are some foods that can calm the symptoms.

Oats

This cereal is normally eaten for breakfast. It both keeps us full and calms the burning feeling of acid.


The good news is you can eat it anytime you’re hungry. We recommend you eat it with raisins.

Don’t worry about any possible reactions. The oats absorb the acid from the raisins.

Ginger

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You should always use ginger in moderation due to its strong flavor. That being said, this is one of the best foods for fighting acid. It acts as an anti-inflammatory for gastrointestinal issues. 

Just grate a small piece and make a ginger tea. Or, put it in foods or smoothies. It gives foods a citrus flavor.

Aloe vera

This is one of the best natural remedies for wounds that need healing. When we have heartburn, our esophagus’ walls are harmed. That’s where the aloe is needed.

Some opt for directly eating the gel found in the leaves. This can be done either alone or in a juice. Others eat store bought products that are made from aloe vera.

Vegetable salad

veggie-salads

Leafy greens, like lettuce or arugula, are important. They have the ability to calm the burning and pain caused by acid.

We recommend that in the salad you avoid using onion, tomato, cheese, or dressing.

The best thing dressing is a pinch of salt and some olive oil.

Garlic is one of the ingredients you should always have in your salads. It has a lot of water and is an excellent source of fiber. Plus, garlic calms our appetite.

Banana

This is a good food to eat mid-morning or in the afternoon. Bananas have a pH of 5.6. This means that it is a food that calms acid. That being said, some people get worse heartburn when eating this fruit.

It becomes a question of eating a banana and seeing if your heartburn has gotten worse or better.

Watermelon

Much like banana, you can also eat melon when you suffer from heartburn. It’s true that melons are mostly made of water. But, they regulate the levels of acid in your stomach.

You can eat a slice after lunch or dinner. Then, just like with the banana, see if it works for you or not.

Fennel

fennel

This medicinal plant is great. Not only is is rich in nutrients, but is also helps your digestion. It has a smooth flavor and a crunchy texture. You can enjoy it in salads, soups, veggie pies, or sauces.

Cut it into fine rounds. Then mix it with arugula and spinach. Dress it with olive oil and you’re ready to eat.

Chicken or turkey

White meats are a better food option when you have acid. When we eat them, we should either baked or grilled them. Never eat white meat fried or with skin, because they are high in fats when fixed this way.

Fish and seafood

The rule for eating seafood is the same as with chicken. Never eat it fried. Among the best options, we recommend shrimp and salmon. It’s also better if they are wild, not farm raised.

Cooked vegetables

asparagus-with-garlic-cheeseBesides eating raw vegetables in salads, we can eat them cooked. Some good examples are cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli.

We recommend that you eat root vegetables like carrots and beets. These should always be cooked.

Rice

Couscous, bulgur wheat, or cream of wheat can all be included in this group. In the case of rice, the best is whole or Yamani brown rice. All of these are great if you suffer from stomach acid.

Remember to eat a cup of rice with cooked vegetables.