Heartburn and indigestion makes millions of people miserable almost daily. Continuous digestive problems can be the result of poor eating habits, a poor diet or something more serious. You should also consult your health care provider if you believe you suffer from a more serious medical condition. However, simple changes in the food you eat and your eating habits can provide natural relief almost instantly. In this article, you’ll learn which foods to avoid and which foods make smart choices when dealing with heartburn.

Unfortunately, a number of different foods can trigger indigestion or heartburn. Many of these foods are included in great tasting recipes or may be your afternoon favorite snack. However, by learning which foods contribute to heartburn, you’ll be able to modify your diet to avoid certain foods and increase consumption of other foods.

Certain foods tend to relax the band of muscles at the end of your esophagus allowing stomach acid to spill into your esophagus. These are the types of the food you’ll want to avoid. Foods that contribute to heartburn include raw onions, garlic, black pepper or chili powder.

In addition, citrus foods like oranges, grapefruits or tomatoes also contribute to this irritating problem. Fried and fatty foods also rank high on the list of heartburn causing foods, while foods with caffeine such as coffee, tea and soft drinks may also contribute to that uncomfortable feeling.

The first step to take in maintaining a healthy digestion system and to minimize acid reflux is to make sure you get plenty of fiber. This should be from a variety of vegetables, non-citrus fruits, and whole grains. Also, make sure to drink enough fluids to help your body absorb important nutrients, provide lubrication and help the body flush food waste.

For example, try drinking herbal chamomile tea after dinner or before bedtime. Herbal tea is believed to have a calming effect on the stomach. Also, eat smaller but more frequent meals throughout the day. This too can help decrease heartburn and indigestion episodes. In addition, be sure to eat your meals and snacks in a calm, relaxed atmosphere free from loud noises and noticeable distractions. Another simple yet helpful tip is to wear properly fitting clothing. Avoid clothing that is tight in the waist and abdonminal area since this will put pressure on your stomach and can cause indigestion.

An excellent way to start your day is with oatmeal. It’s high in fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol and when combined with skim milk, gives you a calcium-charged boost to your day. By adding blueberries, dried cherries or raisins you’ll be adding some extra iron and potassium into the mix for a well-balanced meal.

Turkey is an ideal way to end your day. It is a lean, nutrient-packed protein source that'll be easy on your stomach. Turkey is high in niacin, which helps lower cholesterol levels in the blood. In addition, chicken without the skin is also a terrific low-fat source of protein. Both are easy to cook either indoors or out.

For fruit choices, apples and grapes are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and are a great non-citrus fruit choice for vitamin C and fiber.

Author's Bio: 

Mr. LaPointe is Director of Health and Fruit Education at Traverse Bay Farms. He is the author of several books including The Superfruit Handbook, Blueberry Health Report and How to Get a More Restful Night's Sleep Naturally. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows across the nation discussing the natural health benefits of superfoods and superfruits. You can contact Mr. LaPointe from www.TraverseBayFarms.com

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