• While acid reflux, more commonly known as heartburn, can be caused by spicy, deep fried or other fatty foods, there are a number of other foods that can prevent or even get rid of this painful ailment. Foods rich in fiber, whole grains, healthy proteins and vegetables are usually quite effective at combating acid reflux, and they'll improve health in a number of other ways, too.


    Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber, which helps keep arteries and the digestive system clear of unwanted substances. Therefore, oatmeal won't just help prevent or curb heartburn, but it's good for preventing atherosclerosis, too, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. Mix fruit such as blueberries into a bowl of oatmeal for more nutritive properties.


    Because it's high in healthy protein and bad cholesterol-fighting omega-3 oils, fish such as salmon and halibut can be great at combating heartburn-causing oils. Eat about 3 oz. of fish at least a few times a week for acid reflux prevention.

    Skinless Chicken

    Chicken without the skin is one of the leanest protein sources available, and as such it will not add to heartburn-causing greases. The protein present in chicken also can help combat the uncomfortable burning sensation of acid reflux.


    Rounding out the lean protein category is everyone's favorite Thanksgiving bird, turkey. This meat works well since it does a good job of replacing more fatty meats, such as beef, so fat content (and therefore heartburn risk) can be reduced. Replacing ground beef and hamburgers with lean ground turkey and turkey burgers can go a long way toward reducing heartburn.

    Fruits and Veggies

    Everyone knows fruits and vegetables are healthful, but sometimes people need reminded of this fact. Apples contain a healthy amount of fiber, and grapes contain vitamin C and anti-oxidants, which can be useful as heartburn fighters. Carrots and zucchini also contain hoards of vitamins to help increase health and keep the esophagus free of acid.


    Better Homes and Gardens: 11 Superfoods for Heartburn and Acid Reflux; Linda Kallman

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