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Want lasting heartburn relief without pricey medicines and their unwanted side effects? Eat less meat and dairy and more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds— and drink at least one cup of alkaline water (add a pinch of baking soda to each 8-oz. glass) daily, say scientists in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology-head and Neck Surgery.
✤ It works! Amino acids in animal-based foods increase the release of the stomach enzyme pepsin, which is behind most heartburn discomfort. Eating fewer of those foods reduces pepsin, while the alkaline water neutralizes any pepsin that’s left over, explains study leader Craig Zalvan, M.D. KO indigestion with bacteria! If cramping, bloating or other discomfort after eating is putting a crimp in your style, taking Lactobacillus gasseri and Bifidobacterium bifidum, will fix it! These “good” bacteria crowd out the “bad” ones behind those symptoms! Try: Kyolic Kyo-dophilus Digestion and Immune, $9.69, Vitacost.com.