The Anti-Heartburn Foods

Foods That Fight Heartburn Naturally

You gave in and ate that spicy enchilada dish with dinner and, maybe now, you are regretting the decision. The burning sensation you are experiencing under your breastbone is more than uncomfortable, and bending over or lying down only aggravates the pain. This is most likely heartburn, and it occurs when acid and digestive juices from the stomach back up into the esophagus. Fried foods, spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol are common foods that cause heartburn.

Fortunately, if you are experiencing recurring symptoms, medications are not your only option. The following foods and drinks will help fight the burning sensation and soothe the discomfort by counterbalancing the acid in the foods you have just eaten.

Ginger Tea

Ginger root is a great remedy for many digestive issues. Dice or grate about an inch of ginger and steep in boiling water in order to make a tea. The tea will stimulate saliva production and neutralize acid. It also works as an anti-inflammatory and is great for eliminating acid reflux.


This fruit is naturally low in acid and it helps alleviate acid reflux through a film with which it coats the esophagus upon consumption. This film protects esophageal tissues from the damaging effects of digestive juices. As added bonuses, the fruit also helps prevent stomach ulcers, maintain blood pressure, and decrease stress.

Almond Milk

Start off your day with an almond milk smoothie for breakfast to ward off digestive issues.

Almond milk is alkaline, and it helps to balance out the pH in your stomach when you eat acidic foods. Try adding unsweetened almond milk to 1 cup of strawberries and a frozen banana for a creamy on-the-go meal.


A bowl of oatmeal will coat and buffer your stomach lining because it is a low fat, high fiber food.

Be sure not to add heavy cream because high fats, even if they are healthy, can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter, which aggravates reflux symptoms.

Leafy greens

A salad may not be what you want to reach for when you have heartburn, but a bowl of leafy greens can help end a bad fit of discomfort. Creamy dressing or cheese on a salad should be avoided as these can aggravate the burning sensation, but a serving of steamed vegetables or chapped greens with a bit of olive oil will not irritate the esophagus because vegetables are low in fat. High fat foods will diminish the rate your stomach empties, worsening your reflux.


Fennel is an herb that can be used when heartburn strikes. Make a tea out of it by steeping a few teaspoons of fennel seeds with honey in boiling water. Strain this and store it in the refrigerator so that you can use it on as-needed basis to calm your stomach. You can also chew fennel seeds to keep your stomach acid in check throughout the day.


Meats high in fat, like ground beef, can lead to a bout of painful heartburn.

Beans are a low-fat, high-protein source of nourishment and are a great alternative to meat. If you suffer from heartburn, make sure to regularly include beans in your diet.

Kefir and Aloe

Combine a teaspoon of aloe juice with two ounces of kefir, a fermented milk drink, to help relieve symptoms. This drink helps reduce inflammation and repair the GI tract. The kefir is alkaline and neutralizes acid, thereby reducing heartburn.


Some of our favorite meals unfortunately fall into the group of fatty and oily foods that cause heartburn. Pancakes and other treats usually require oil or butter, but you can replace these heartburn-triggering ingredients with applesauce. Generally, you can use the same amount of applesauce as the recipe calls for in oil, although sometimes you may have to fine-tune this quantity to get the proper consistency.

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