9 Foods that will instantly get rid of heartburn (Acid reflux)

Heartburn can be a persistent and painful side-effect from too much acid in your system, often requiring expensive specialist medicine to cure, for example, somewhere like Westwood Wellness. The burning feeling that starts at the back of your throat can be agonizing and often there’s no way to instantly rid yourself from the comfortableness. Here we look at the top 10 ways to cure heartburn instantly that won’t have any nasty after-effects, so take a note and have them ready in your kitchen for the next time heartburn strikes.

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1 Bananas

Bananas are packed with antacids, the same substance that is added to the vast majority of anti-heartburn tablets. When you feel that burning sensation beginning in your breastbone, spreading slowly up your throat, peel and eat a banana. The more you chew the banana before swallowing the better, it will add saliva to the mush and allow the neutralizing chemicals to combat the acid reflux.

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2 Sour Cream

Like most dairy products, sour cream has the amazing potential to eliminate heartburn as soon as it comes into contact with the acid. When your stomach is filled with a creamy dairy product the acid is totally neutralized, so even if it comes back up your throat it won’t burn with such ferocity. You can eat the sour cream on its own in a few teaspoonfuls, but you may find it better to spread it on a cracker or biscuit before eating.

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3 Apples

They do say one a day keeps the doctor away, and it’s never been truer when it comes to heartburn and acid reflux. Most varieties of apple including Pink Lady and Red Delicious will help to reduce the alkalinity of your stomach, lowering the amount of acid that could potentially burn your throat. An organic apple will be much sweeter to taste and gets to work much quicker.

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4 Baking Soda

Just a small teaspoon of baking soda, which is actually sodium bicarbonate, acts as a neutralizer to the acid causing the pain. All you have to do is dissolve it in around an 8oz glass of cold water, which takes a matter of seconds, and drink it down. The taste may not be the best, but it’s a sure-fire way to bring that acid reflux and heartburn under control. As the mixture passes down your throat the burning ceases- plus a small tub costs less than a dollar.

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5 Grapes

Grapes are mostly water so when they’re eaten they will quickly soothe and alleviate any acid creeping up your throat. Grapes are quick to eat and if you have them at hand when you get acid reflux, just a small handful is enough to stop the burning. It’s preferable to eat green grapes over the purple varieties, as the excess in tannin may add a degree of bitterness and make the situation worse.

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6 Pineapple juice

Pineapples do have a high degree of acidity, and the trick here is to fight fire with fire. By drinking a large glass of fresh pineapple juice which contains the antacid bromelian, not only will it taste great but it will also flood your stomach with acid, sending a signal to stop producing acid. Eating pineapple chunks in syrup doesn’t have the same effect as the alkalinity of the pineapple will decrease so much inside a tin that there won’t be enough acid to help the burning sensation.

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7 Yogurt

As yogurt is a partly fermented dairy product, it has the ability to cool and calm any irritation caused by reflux or acid in your throat. If you try this method be sure to get just plain yogurt, not ones that have acidic fruit included as it could exacerbate the problem. For decades midwives have always informed pregnant ladies to take a few spoonfuls of yogurt to cure heartburn rather than taking over-the-counter prescription medication which may have adverse side-effects.

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8 Apple Cider Vinegar

While it may seem strange to add yet more acid to your system by drinking apple cider vinegar to cure heartburn, the influx of acid introduced to the system tells the body to stop producing even more acid. Mix a few tablespoonfuls with a glass of water, undiluted is better, and drink it down- you will notice the effects right away and it will also keep the burning at bay for hours to come.

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9 Buttermilk

Milk has often been the first choice to reach for when people suffer from heartburn because we know from experience that it works. However, instead of drinking regular full-fat milk you should consider buttermilk served straight from the fridge. The taste is sweeter and because it has been fermented it will greatly reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. The cool creamy mixture will soothe a burning throat in seconds, and also keep it feeling great for hours afterwards.

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