Dr. Oz's Best Advice for Beating Heartburn
Heartburn can strike at any time and can decrease your overall quality of life. The good news: You can tame the burn by taking these simple steps.
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Put These Foods on Your Verboten List
If you're a frequent heartburn sufferer, you want to stay away from high-acid foods like tomatoes and citrus. Other foods to avoid include onions, garlic, chocolate and peppermint. Spicy, fried and fatty foods are also common heartburn triggers. Watch what you drink as well—too much coffee, tea or alcohol can also bring about heartburn. Drink these beverages in moderation: one to two cups of caffeinated beverages per day; and two alcoholic beverages per day for men, one for women.
In general, eat a low-acid diet. Modify your favorite foods to prevent heartburn with these tips: Trim fat from meats; make your chili recipe mild rather than spicy; use ginger, cinnamon or thyme to add flavor to foods (these herbs may reduce heartburn); and broil or grill meats and fish rather than frying them. Lastly, heartburn-soothing foods include banana, melon, Manuka honey and chamomile tea.