Stomach acid is a natural substance found in the digestive system that helps the body digest food. When there is excess stomach acid in the digestive system, it can cause discomfort within the stomach and chest -- gas, bloating and heartburn, for example. An excess of stomach acid can lead to gastroesophageal reflux disease; however, certain natural foods help neutralize stomach acid and ease the discomfort associated with GERD.
One very effective food that helps to neutralize stomach acid is herbal tea, and both chamomile and fennel tea work to reduce acid. It is important to note that these teas should never be consumed while hot, as hot foods stimulate stomach acid production. Be sure that the tea has cooled significantly before drinking.
Milk and milk products are alkaline in nature due to the amount of calcium found in each serving. The alkalinity of milk works to neutralize stomach acid. Milk also helps soothe your stomach if you suffer from dyspepsia. Another benefit of drinking milk is its high content of vitamins and minerals. Consuming excess amounts of fat can stimulate acid production inside the stomach, so avoid whole milk or consume it in moderation so the problem does not become worse.
Ginger has been used for centuries to calm an upset stomach while at sea or to help soothe a stomach that is producing too much acid. Try candied ginger, or sprinkle powdered ginger in tea that has cooled to add flavor and neutralize stomach acid.
Apples can help to neutralize stomach acid. This fruit contains a natural enzyme that helps curb production of stomach acid in the body and neutralizes the acid already there. Apple juice consumed cold can provide immediate relief, soothing the burning stomach and esophagus and keeping the discomfort from coming back.
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