"If only I hadn't eaten the sweet pastry of puff pastry" – But then it's usually too late, and the heartburn is already making itself felt. Which foods are better for the stomach instead.
1 / 10Hoarseness, frequent throat clearing and a hushed voice can be side effects of heartburn in addition to the burning sensation in the throat. Many sufferers notice symptoms after eating certain types of bread. Rolls based on whole grains, finely ground whole grain breads, crispbread and rusks, as a rule, do not cause heartburn. Very coarse wholemeal breads, toast, white bread and pretzels, on the other hand, should be avoided so as not to stimulate the production of stomach acid. © Dar1930/Imago2 / 10With an annual consumption of about 56.1 kilograms per capita, potatoes are considered one of the most popular side dishes for various dishes in German cuisine. Ideal for heartburn sufferers, because the potato is one of the foods that experience has shown to be well tolerated. Especially the juice of raw potatoes has proven itself when someone needs a natural home remedy for heartburn. Potatoes are rich in starch, through which excess stomach acid is bound. © Supertrooper/Imago3 / 10Low-fat dairy products such as yoghurt or cottage cheese can have a calming effect on the stomach and prevent heartburn. © Claudia Nass/Imago4 / 10If you love fish but are prone to heartburn, you should rather use lean fish species for preparation, such as trout, pollock, cod or plaice. © Ivanna/Imago5 / 10Or would you prefer a delicious piece of meat? If only it weren't for the belching and reflux afterwards. Low-fat, unsmoked and uncured meat products such as turkey and chicken breast are usually easy to digest and do not promote heartburn. © juanbuades/Imago6 / 10Carrots are well tolerated by most people prone to heartburn. Tip: a glass of carrot juice can alleviate acute symptoms. © BreakingTheWalls/Imago7 / 10Spinach is one of the vegetables that, due to its high iron and potassium content, as well as a pH of over 6, helps to balance the acidity of the stomach well. So eat spinach more often, this prevents heartburn. © Design Pics/Imago8 / 10While eating broccoli can cause bloating, the green vegetable is usually well tolerated by people prone to heartburn. © Alex9500/Imago9 / 10Quite a few people who suffer from heartburn hear again and again that a number of fruits and sugars such as fructose are difficult to digest and can therefore also cause reflux. Although bananas contain fructose, they also contain a relatively high level of potassium, which can neutralize stomach acid. Important to know: Reach for unripe and less ripe, still green bananas, as these can promote heartburn. © Imaginechina-Tuchong/Imago10 / 10Some apples contain more acid than others, especially green varieties. Therefore, it is best to choose red apples to avoid reflux symptoms. Apples contain alkalizing minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, which are also part of many acidic medicines for heartburn. © Viewing angles/Imago
After all, 20 percent of the population in Germany regularly suffers from reflux symptoms such as heartburn. If you have already experienced the burning sensation and the reflux of stomach acid into the throat (reflux), you want to get rid of it as soon as possible. Home remedies or medications can help against heartburn – but it is best to avoid possible foods that stimulate the production of stomach acid. People who suffer more frequently from heartburn (pyrosis) still remember one or the other food that triggered the symptoms: vegetables such as onions and tomatoes, fruits, such as grapefruit and sour berries, as well as fatty and sugary dishes. In many cases, however, it is only possible to guess what the cause of the reflux is.
Tips against heartburn
Small instead of large portions
Eat as little fat as possible
Eat at least four hours before bedtime
Sleep a little at night with your head elevated
A walk after a meal promotes digestion
If you suffer from heartburn regularly, caution is advised: Frequent reflux of stomach acid increases the risk of developing stomach cancer and esophageal cancer. Also, heartburn can already be a sign of the disease itself, such as stomach cancer or esophageal cancer.
Three top home remedies for heartburn
Healing clay, dissolved in a glass of water or Fenchsel tea
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