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10 Foods That Will Soothe Your Heartburn

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We've all had instances where we eat a pound of spicy wings and regret it 30 minutes later when were dealing with heartburn. For some people this happens everyday, and they get such bad acid reflux that they can't sleep at night. No one should have to suffer through this uncomfortable symptom.

Most people opt to take medication as soon as they feel it, which isn't a bad thing. Medication can definitely make a difference, especially if you get heartburn regularly, but medication tends to be less effective the more you use it. Luckily, there are a number of foods that can soothe your heartburn, that you probably already have in your house.

1. Bananas

Bananas have a pH of 5.6 so they're usually great for people with heartburn. Eating foods with a high pH balances out acid reflux because acid has a pH of 0, so when you have acid reflux the best thing is to raise the pH to get rid of it.

2. Ginger Tea

Ginger is known to be a great remedy for any digestive problems. It's an effective anti-inflammatory and it’s one of the best foods for acid reflux. You can buy ginger tea or make it by peeling or grating an inch or so of ginger root and steep in boiling water.

3. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is great for heartburn because it will coat and buffer your stomach lining. It's also a very healthy breakfast because it's filled with fiber. Just avoid using heavy creams because anything with a high fat content can prompt heartburn.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has a number of healing benefits and relieving heartburn is one of them. It is available as a living plant, but the leaves or liquid form are sometimes sold separately in grocery and health-food stores. Aloe vera can be used in recipes as a thickener.

5. Salad

Any leafy greens will help heartburn because there are no fats in salads, so it will contrast and slow down the acid. If you find that salads give you heartburn it's probably because you are using a salad dressing with a high fat content. Try an oil-based dressing instead.

6. Cantaloupe

Any kind of melon will help heartburn because it has a high pH of 6.1.

7.  Apple Cider Vinegar

It's not the tastiest item on the list but could be great if you need fast relief. Apple cider vinegar balances your stomach pH by neutralizing stomach acid. Only drink a small amount (a shot worth), and it should be diluted with water.

8. Rice

Rice, especially brown rice is a good food to calm acid reflux. This because it's a complete and complex carbohydrate.

9. Almond Milk

Almond milk is an alkaline which means it has a pH of higher than 7, so it helps neutralize acidic foods. This is something that is a quick and easy reliever.

10. Black Licorice

This isn't a proven remedy but some people believe pure black licorice can help coat the esophageal lining which prevents acid. It can't be a high sugar content licorice though, it has to be pure black licorice. Also, the chewing action makes you salivate, which in turn can help get rid of acid.

These food remedies may not be for everyone but they are definitely worth a try to get rid of the awful feeling of heartburn.