What to eat for… acid reflux
Heartburn – that uncomfortable sensation in your upper chest after eating – is the result of acid leaving the stomach and heading back up your food pipe. “Anything that raises the pressure in your stomach can cause it, from pregnancy and weight gain to stress and anxiety. For some, heartburn can run in the family,” says gastroenterological surgeon Dr Marcus Reddy.
Sugar-free gum “Remember when your parents nagged you to sit up straight at the table, chew well, don’t gulp down your food and drink together, don’t eat too late…? Turns out these are rules to live by if you have acid reflux,” says Dr Reddy. But if the burn has already hit, “Chewing gum encourages the production of alkaline saliva, which neutralises the rising acid,” he says.
- Spicy foods, tomatoes and
oranges You guessed it: anything acidic. “These don’t cause acid in the stomach, but they can aggravate inflamed tissue, making symptoms worse,” advises Dr Reddy.
Mint tea “Peppermint can relax the valve that normally stops acid leaving the stomach,” says herbalist Dr Chris Etheridge.