Milk and acid-base balance: proposed hypothesis versus scientific evidence.

Foods containing saturated fats are known to relax the esophageal sphincter, a muscle in your lower esophagus that normally protects against reflux, opening for passage of food and drink and then closing and contracting for digestion. Other foods that can trigger relaxation of this muscle include fried foods, tomato-based products, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, citrus fruit, carbonated beverages, desserts, ice cream and yogurt. Skim milk and low-fat or non-fat yogurt may however provide quick relief of symptoms, but lifestyle changes may have the most benefit.

Lying down or bending over after a meal can also lead to heartburn. Everyone has reflux from time to time. If you have ever burped and had an acid taste in your mouth, you have had reflux.

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A study from 2015 found that drinking aloe vera syrup decreased the symptoms of GERD in 79 participants. Try mixing aloe vera syrup with water or juice to reduce inflammation and acid reflux.

Acetic Acid

However, because fat is also one of the causes of gastric acid reflux, health experts often recommend people who follow a stomach acid reflux diet to eat low-fat dairy products. Your stomach is full of naturally produced acid that helps break down food and protects the GI tract from infection. But, excess stomach acid can cause uncomfortable symptoms, pain, and even severe health problems. The most common symptom is heartburn (a.k.a. gastroesophageal reflux), which occurs when stomach acid leaks into the esophagus.

But dietary tweaks also can be key when trying to alleviate symptoms. While milk is acidic, it’s only very slightly so and while you’re experiencing heartburn it could reduce the acidity level. All whole grains are great for staving off reflux symptoms. But oatmeal might be particularly powerful, since it’s thick, gelatinous texture helps to coat the lining of your stomach. Have a bowl with low fat milk or almond milk-both are highly alkaline and low in fat.

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