Best and Worst Foods for Heartburn

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Heartburn is no fun. And if you love food, it can be your worst enemy. You don't have to put a damper on your dining just because you have heartburn. With these tips and a little self-observation, you can keep the burn at bay. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly. First, the good.

Foods low in acid help your LES close. It's the muscle that helps keep acid in your gut, and heartburn at bay. Lean proteins like chicken and turkey are smart choices. Low-acid fruits, like apples, pears, and melons, and low-acid veggies, like broccoli, asparagus, and green beans, have a natural acid that can help curb acid reflux. Root veggies, like potatoes, turnips, and carrots, are also go on acid. So give 'em a whirl.

Fennel is not just crunchy with a nice licorice flavor. Its super low pH can give you relief from heartburn, too. Ginger can increase bile, which is a good thing, because that can relieve heartburn. But now, the bad.

Tomatoes and citrus have a lot of natural acids that can cause your stomach to make more acid and trigger more acid reflux. Peppermint, onions, chocolate, and alcohol relax your LES, and make it easier for acid to travel up your throat and trigger heartburn. Fatty foods take longer for your stomach to break down, which means they hang around down there a little longer, and cause your stomach to produce more acid. Coffee make symptoms of heartburn worse. It doesn't matter if it's decaffeinated or fully loaded.

Now, the ugly. Not all guts are created equal. It's up to you to pay close attention to the foods that trigger your heartburn, and the ones that keep your heartburn at bay. Happy eating, partner. [MUSIC PLAYING]