If a heavy meal leaves you suffering from indigestion, heartburn, and burning in the esophagus, you may be experiencing acid reflux. Most people experience acid reflux from time to time when stomach acids back up into the esophagus. More frequent episodes of acid reflux may point to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD occurs when the sphincter muscle at the bottom of your esophagus weakens, allowing stomach acid to back up into the esophagus. You should contact your doctor if you experience severe or frequent (more than twice a week) episodes of acid reflux. For occasional acid reflux, you can try these foods that will help decrease the pain and inflammation of excess stomach acidity.
If you are suffering from the effects of acid reflux, grab a banana. Bananas are low in acidity, with a pH of around 5.6. The riper the banana, the lower the acidity, with a pH of up to 6.5. Also, bananas are high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. These properties make the banana a healthy snack to enjoy if you are prone to episodes of acid reflux. To reap this benefit, enjoy bananas raw as opposed to baked into breads or muffins.
Yogurt contains probiotics that help you maintain a healthy stomach and also decrease the acidity of your gastrointestinal tract. Enjoy yogurt as a creamy, soothing treat to calm the irritation of acid reflux. For an added treat, try frozen yogurt as a dessert following an acidic meal and treat your taste buds as well as your reflux.