Foods That May Ease Your Acid Refluxby Erica Sanderson Editor
Changing your diet can have a huge impact on acid reflux symptoms, which include heartburn, dry cough and vomiting. Try adding these six foods into your diet. While these foods may not cure your reflux, they may help relieve symptoms.
This spice is historically used to ease gastrointestinal (GI) problems. The compound gingerol serves as a digestive aid to move foods through the GI tract. Better digestion means less reflux throughout the day.
Apple cider vinegar
There are numerous health claims about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV). Some people swear by this natural remedy for digestive health: one tablespoon of ACV before a meal or mixed into a glass of water before bedtime. It’s unclear what exactly does the trick with this, but it’s believed the acetic acid in ACV helps balance pH levels in the stomach and regulates digestion.
Banana is considered to be an alkaline food because of its high potassium content. A ripe banana can combat stomach acid and coat stomach lining to help prevent heartburn and other reflux symptoms. However, for some people, bananas can be a trigger, particularly if the banana is not yet ripe.
Probiotics promote digestion, heal the gut and support your GI tract. Saccharomyces boulardii and biffidus strains of probiotic seem to have shown the most promising results in stomach pain, discomfort and acid reflux. Probiotics are available in both supplements and foods like yogurt.
Gum, especially after a meal, may help reduce reflux response. Chewing gum stimulates the salivary glands, which acts as a one-two punch against acids from reflux. Saliva helps neutralize stomach acid and extra saliva promotes swallowing to keep the acid from coming up.
Aloe vera juice
Some research has shown drinking aloe vera juice can coat, protect, and heal the esophagus from the burning of reflux. Make sure the juice is intended for internal use.
Monitor your triggers
When you’re diagnosed with acid reflux, it can take some time to figure out which foods are triggers for you and which foods make you feel better. Remember: Everyone is different, but these foods are a great place to start. You can also read more about which foods and drinks to avoid with reflux on HealthCentral. Good luck!