One of the most romantic moments in Bridgerton’s first season is when Daphne tells the Duke of Hastings, “I burn for you”. We’re hoping that that sensation feels a lot more pleasant than heartburn! The latter is caused by stomach acid making its way up into the esophagus, resulting in an uncomfortable burning feeling in the chest and upper abdomen—AKA something we’d rather avoid.
Some foods are more prone to causing acid reflux than others (hello, tomatoes!), but luckily there are also foods that can prevent heartburn from showing up uninvited.
Alkaline is the natural adversary to acid, making it one of the good guys. Foods with a pH below seven are considered to be acidic, while those about seven are on the alkaline end of the scale. It’s important to achieve a balance within the body. Stick to foods like bananas, cauliflower, and nuts (and yes, milk) if acid reflux is getting you down.
While it is a very bad idea to put water on battery acid, studies say that foods with a high water content can help to dilute stomach acid. Watermelon, celery, and lettuce should prevent the burn.
Aside from keeping you regular (always a good thing!), foods rich in fiber keep you fuller for longer. As acid reflux can sometimes be the result of over-eating, foods like sweet potatoes, broccoli, and brown rice will keep the hunger pangs at bay (and keep the heartburn away!)