Food choices are so essential to sufferers as heartburn is in fact not related to the heart at all.
It is actually a digestive condition.
There are a tonne of articles on the internet about how heartburn is caused, and that is not my focus so I won't explain it here.
Instead I will dive straight in and tell you which foods are good and which foods aren't.
Foods To Avoid We'll start with foods to avoid as there this is the most essential.
Firstly, you will want to cut down on your consumption of citrus fruits, as they are acidic by nature.
You need to keep in mind that your goal is to stop acid from reaching your esophagus and eating citrus fruits will only succeed in making things worse.
A few examples are oranges, lemons, grapefruits and tomatoes.
Secondly, spicy foods are a huge risk to acid reflux sufferers.
I'm sorry for all you curry fans out there but if you want to make things easier for yourself you'll have to give them up, at least until you're cured.
Chocolate is another type of food you should avoid as it is a known trigger for heartburn, the reason being that it relaxes your Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), which prevents acids from going into your esophagus.
Finally, fatty foods should definitely be avoided.
The main reasoning here is that they are difficult to digest and your stomach is more likely to produce acid because of this.
Foods To Eat Fruit and vegetables are fantastic foods to eat if you suffer from heartburn.
Apples and bananas are especially great as they help to dissolve acid in your stomach.
On the vegetable side of things, the main focus is on green veg but anything that contains alkaline is strongly recommended, such as green cabbage, carrots, broccoli, and sprouts.
One thing that isn't so bad is that it is still okay to eat meat, for any of you non-vegetarians.
The catch is that there are extra restrictions, the main one being that you must eat lean meat that has minimal fat on it.
Chicken, fish and turkey especially are known to be sufficient for heartburn sufferers.
It is also advised that you increase your daily water intake.
This will help dilute the acid in your stomach and therefore make it less potent.
If you stick to this list you should experience less problems with heartburn and it will be triggered a lot less.
However, this isn't likely to completely solve the problem.
There are further actions that you will need to take that are outside of your diet, more on this in other articles.